On the front end, the plan is fantastic and builds a base for ongoing support for services, such as public restrooms, that are essential not just for people experiencing poverty, but all Portlanders.
Writes the Roots: "the city could choose, through a public education campaign, to engage people on the streets through outreach from social-service agencies and support from the broader community."
We'll see. It would be marvelous if all the energy that was spent fighting the sit/lie could be changed into something more positive, but at this point, I can't help feeling like both sides just need a time out for a year or so until all the controversy blows over. In the mean time, I'd love to see the outreach efforts improving, and of course, broader community support for homeless issues. I'm just pretty cynical about it.
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