Oregon State legislators passed a new law in the 2021 Regular Session that requires death reports to mark whether the deceased died while homeless. This law goes into effect on January 1, 2022.
Currently, only Multnomah County records whether a person was housed or not at the time of their death. This lack of data presents a huge problem for groups trying to aid people experiencing homelessness. Without a reliable source of information on the circumstance in which homeless people die, measures to prevent those deaths face an uphill battle.
The bill itself was signed by Gov. Kate Brown on June 23.