Multnomah County sees 20% more people sleeping outside in latest homeless count

More people are sleeping outside in Multnomah County on any given night in 2019 than the last decade, according to the latest homelessness count released Thursday.

About 20% more people were found living somewhere unfit for human habitation — in places including tents, in cars and under bridges — when the count was done on a single night this past winter compared to 2017, the last time the federally required count occurred.

The 2,037 people who were found sleeping outside is the highest the count has found and represents some of the area’s most entrenched issues more at

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