Dear Portlander,

Next week I will be announcing my full list of proposed investments for the city’s annual budget—but this announcement just can’t wait.

Yesterday, my colleagues on the City Council and I met with Dr. Greg Townley and the PSU Homeless Research & Action Collaborative who provided a thorough one-year evaluation report on the Portland Street Response.

Portland Street Response sends unarmed specialists to Portlanders experiencing a mental and/or behavioral health crisis. In reforming and refocusing our public safety system, I firmly believe that we must send the right responder to the right emergency call.

Portland Street Response is not only effective, but a new best-practice in community safety—and recently reported data backs me up. I am proud to announce my full support in advancing this program in the upcoming annual budget to help more Portlanders in need.

I will propose expanding Portland Street Response staffing threefold. This will give their team the people-power to provide citywide services 24/7.

2022 Budget update - Portland Street Response

I want to thank Commissioner Hardesty for her continued hard work on this endeavor. I look forward to proposing this next week, along with many other initiatives that address the most immediate problems facing Portlanders today.


Ted Wheeler