This decade has left behind those living just one paycheck from the street. Poor credit, an eviction or a felony conviction can leave a person unable to compete in the tightening job and rental markets. Homelessness is a market failure of our current economic system.

The people protesting in front of City Hall are examples of citizens in a democratic society. Laws that push the problems out of sight do nothing to work toward solutions.

Ending homelessness includes advocating affordable housing for people earning less than the poverty level, advocating for jobs for felons, and advocating for more federal, state and local funding for 10-year plans to end homelessness.

DAN NEWTH Southeast Portland