The emergency declaration comes a week after Multnomah County and city leaders pledged to spend $30 million to tackle homelessness, as nearly 1,900 people remain without shelter in Portland.

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PORTLAND — Officials have approved a housing emergency plan as nearly 1,900 people remain without shelter in Portland.

The Oregonian reports that the City Council approved the emergency declaration Wednesday, authorizing leaders to waive city code to allow temporary emergency homeless shelters, open day-storage areas and use properties to address the growing crisis.

The emergency declaration comes a week after Multnomah County and city leaders pledged to spend $30 million to tackle homelessness, and two weeks after Mayor Charlie Hales announced a plan to open a women’s shelter.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz says officials are working to figure out where the funds will come from and how to implement the plan.

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Officials on Wednesday also discussed adding more affordable-housing units and helping people avoid eviction.