Portland, Oregon has a national reputation for providing leadership on effective solutions to ending homelessness. Mayor Bud Clark, who led the city from 1985 to 1992, offered unprecedented mayoral leadership on solving homelessness. He created a 12-point homeless plan that has received national recognition.
In a series of short interviews, Stacy Holtmann and Marc Hillman uncover Portland’s role as a leader on the issue. The podcast includes interviews with:
Bud Clark who describes the personal and policy reasons why he offered leadership at a critical moment;
Dan Steffey, Clark’s aide at the time, who put together Portland’s 12-point plan on homelessness; and
Doreen Binder, executive director of Transition Projects, explaining how Clark’s leadership led to other Portland innovations, including the award-winning Bud Clark Commons. Transitions is a nonprofit organization that works to transition individuals experiencing homelessness into housing.