Since the first protests were ignited by the murder of George Floyd in late May, countless people across our community and our country have continued to demonstrate, sustained by a growing call for racial justice, police accountability and the transformation of our criminal legal system. It’s clear that our community is facing more than a moment of reckoning in matters of racial injustice; rather, we are in the midst of a movement for real, lasting and transformative change.
Multnomah County is committed to the work of advancing equity and justice in our community. We are the home of the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) and Department of Community Justice, and fund and work in partnership with elected leaders in the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. We are also home to the state’s largest portfolio of social safety net services, and as the Local Public Health Authority we lead our community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The County is uniquely positioned to help transform systems that have historically harmed or insufficiently helped Black and other people of color into those that equitably serve all community members.
Multnomah County is working to meet the needs of people and communities that are harmed, overlooked and underserved by inadequate funding and inequitable policies and systems, often built to respond to the dominant culture; making upstream investments that can change the future of children, families and whole communities; and creating systemic change through tangible policy actions.