‘A man-made disaster’: Oregon’s new governor tackles housing

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s newly sworn-in Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek signed three executive orders to tackle the state’s housing and homelessness crises on her first full day in office Tuesday. One order declared a homelessness state of emergency, while another directed state agencies to prioritize reducing homelessness. A third order set a building target of 36,000 new homes per year, an 80% increase over current production. State officials estimate Oregon is short 110,000 housing units. Federal data shows that nearly 18,000 people live outside in the state. Advocates have welcomed Kotek’s measures, but they say that mental health and addiction services must also be scaled up in order to address homelessness.