Over the summer, I had the chance to travel across the country to visit Portland, Oregon. Although I loved a lot that the city had to offer, I was shocked by the homelessness crisis that continues to ravage the Pacific Northwest metropolis. People had set up homeless camps across the city, with some people even pitching tents right in front of property owned by taxpaying homeowners.

Now, residents of Portland are fleeing the city because the homelessness crisis has gotten so bad. With very little planned to be done to solve the catastrophic problem, people do not have faith in Portland, which is led by Democrats.

“I’ve been here 65 years, but I’m done,” Bruce Philip told Daily Mail. “I’m done with Portland. What’s there to say? They move in, take over the neighborhood, do their drugs, play their loud music, and make a mess.”

People who have been loyal to Portland for decades no longer see the value of living in the Democrat-led city because homeless people are infiltrating every neighborhood and are making the city unlivable.

“The city comes in and cleans it up, and then two weeks later, they come back,” Bruce Philip added. “It’s a vicious cycle, and I’m done.”

Local realtor George Patterson has met a lot of Portland residents who want to quickly sell their homes and leave the city because homeless people are encroaching upon their homes and places of residence. He said that his clients deal with the problems of homelessness “every day” because homeless camps are becoming even more common in the Oregon city.

Patterson confessed that some buyers are turned off once they realize that homes are located near homeless encampments. One such camp, called Multnomah Village, is home to hundreds of homeless people who have nowhere else to go, so they live in the city-sanctioned camp.

“We had an early offer on a home, but it fell through, and there was some concern there with the Multnomah village site,” Patterson said, referring to a home that was selling for upwards of $700,000. “I can say [homeless encampments] are definitely affecting the property values.”

While Phillips wants to leave Portland, his wife, Becky, is right on board with his decision. She also spoke to Daily Mail and expressed how problematic the homelessness crisis was in the city.

“I’m not going to hold my breath,” Becky (pictured above) said. “We’re done with Portland.”

Another Portland resident, Nathan Lamb, said that his six-year-old son, who has a disability, cannot safely cross the street to get to the bus because the homeless camp is blocking his access.

“At eight in the morning, there are folks that are smoking meth. They’re shooting up. There’s domestic violence,” Lamb said. “It’s absolutely absurd.”

During my visit to Portland in August 2022, I walked past a drug addict in downtown Portland who was actively shooting heroin while seated on the sidewalk.

Do you think Portland will be able to solve its homelessness crisis?