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SE Portland business owner worried about growing homeless problem

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A southeast Portland business owner is fed up with the growing homeless problem near his business, and he wants the city to do something about it.

Kevin Focht has a photography studio in the inner southeast industrial area.

Recently, he says he's seen glass in the area from car break-ins, and has many friends who have been threatened with knives.

Focht isn't blaming the homeless, he blames the city for not taking care of the issue.

"There's a reason that it's growing. I'm not sure exactly what it is, I have ideas with the economy and stuff, but the city has to do something. Get these people the help they need. Just having them live in tents under bridges is not a solution, it's just not," said Focht.

The city says since declaring a housing and homeless state of emergency last year, they've met their goal of housing almost 700 veterans and opening nearly 300 shelter beds.

Mayor Hales says he is sympathetic to Portlanders who don't like seeing the tents, and is working to address the problem and find a solution.

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