PORTLAND (AP) — A task force charged with investigating Portland’s homelessness problem is recommending establishing three 35-unit housing complexes. And it says the city must work more closely with surrounding communities.

The task force presented its recommendations to the city council Monday.

It says the three new housing complexes should provide services for issues contributing to homelessness, such as substance abuse

And it says solutions must involve surrounding communities, since many of the homeless are coming from them. It says about a third of those seeking shelter in the city are from Portland, while another third are from surrounding communities without shelters and rest come from out of state.

The Portland Press Herald reported the task force didn’t give a cost estimate for its recommendations. A public hearing is scheduled for next month.

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