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City of Portland, Multnomah County team up to combat homelessness

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The City of Portland and Multnomah County are teaming up for a $30 million deal to create an office that will deal with Portland's homeless crisis.

Portland City Council approved creating the Joint Office of Homeless Services on Wednesday. The city and county will both contribute $15 million a year to the office.

The city estimates about 4,000 people sleep on the streets each night, and said the office will help deliver services to those people and will also provide paths so they can find permanent housing.

"Getting people off the streets and into houses is the number one priority of the citizens we serve. I'm not saying that they don't want police and fire, I know they want that as well, but I think that people want us to do our best to get people off the streets and that's going to take a lot of work," said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury.

The County Board of Commissioners is now expected to approve the agreement on Thursday.

The Joint Office of Homeless Services is set to open July 1.

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