Multnomah County, City of Portland approve joint office to combat homelessness

The Interim Director of the Joint Office of Homeless Services, Marc Jolin (right), presented at Thursday's board meeting with Multnomah County's Chief Operating Officer, Marissa Madrigal, and the City of Portland's Shannon Callahan.

The Interim Director of the Joint Office of Homeless Services, Marc Jolin (right), presented at Thursday's board meeting with Multnomah County's Chief Operating Officer, Marissa Madrigal, and the City of Portland's Shannon Callahan.

A more nimble and streamlined service delivery system will debut next week to assist people experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County.

The Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners on Thursday approved an Intergovernmental Agreement between the county and the City of Portland establishing the Joint Office of Homeless Services, a central office to oversee the delivery of services to people in need.

The office, which opens July 1, represents a historic step forward in the effort to solve the homelessness crisis in Multnomah County and Portland. Click here for the full story.