Local police chiefs met with homeless advocates Thursday morning in a Tigard forum design to shed light on how individual cities handle respective issues related to a rapidly growing population in the Eastern Washington County – homeless individuals and families.
Attending the meeting, sponsored by Just Compassion, were Beaverton Police Chief Jim Monger, Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine, Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth, King City Police Chief Ernie Happala and Tualatin Captain Brian Struckmeier.
Just Compassion is a coalition of religious, civic and business leaders whose goal is to help the homeless in the area.
Beaverton's Chief Monger said his department, which shares a border with the city of Portland, has seen the situation homelessness grow over the years, noting that there are several complex reasons for the increase – everything from economic to substance abuse issues. He said his city would like to work with homeless agencies to better address those issues.
Just Compassion is a coalition of religious, civic and business organizations that are working together to creating a safe and hospitable environment and a community centered response to those without homes in Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood. Our mission is to provide a community centered response for addressing the needs of homeless individuals by building relationships and aspiring towards wholeness. Our vision is to be a community where homeless individuals are seen, heard, and known. We value trust, being present, empathy, joy, investment, transparency.