State’s #1 shelter to close. Despite new taxes. $65M unspent fund.

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

The state’s largest homeless shelter, Bybee Lakes Hope Center in North Portland, is facing closure as it has only a few weeks left of funding.

At the same time, Multnomah County is sitting on $65 million in unspent funds for homeless programs and has been in a long delay on what to do with it. The Bybee center needs $5 million.

This out-of-cash crisis for the shelter comes as the Portland-area politicians in the past few years passed a CEO tax, an income tax increase and a property tax all tied, in part, to helping homeless and affordable housing issues. Also, the 2023 Legislature approved billions in new projects in this area.

Where are our tax dollars going?

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