State of Emergency

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The crisis of homelessness in some areas has risen to a degree on par with natural disasters such as flood or fire, in terms of number of deaths and injuries caused. This has prompted several cities (such as Portland OR, Los Angeles CA, and Seattle, WA) to declare a state of emergency over homelessness. The declaration allows these cities to potentially secure additional money from state or federal sources including FEMA and loosens regulations to enable a more impactful response to the crisis.

The crisis of homelessness in some areas has risen to a degree on par with natural disasters such as flood or fire, in terms of number of deaths and injuries caused. This has prompted several cities (such as Portland OR, Los Angeles CA, and Seattle, WA) to declare a state of emergency over homelessness. The declaration allows these cities to potentially secure additional money from state or federal sources including FEMA and loosens regulations to enable a more impactful response to the crisis.