Tent City, USA is a KGW investigative project that explores who Portland’s homeless tent campers are and what led to the proliferation of tent camps across the city. Tent City, USA was reported and produced by KGW's investigative team: Kyle Iboshi, Maggie Vespa, John Tierney, Sara Roth and Gene Cotton. Infographics and multimedia design by Jeff Patterson.

Tent City, USA

Portland goes by many names but for hundreds of homeless campers and the residents who encounter them every day, it’s Tent City, USA.

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Willow's story

Willow's story

What life is like for one woman living in a tent in Southeast Portland

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A closer look at the data

A closer look at the data

The results from KGW’s survey of 100 homeless tent campers

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How we got here

How we got here

The policies that changed how Portland manages homeless camping

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How homeless campers can find help

How homeless campers can find help

Resources for homeless people to find shelter, food, medical treatment and other services

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Where tent camps are in Portland

Where tent camps are in Portland

Portland residents can report problematic homeless camps and see what camps the city plans to clear next

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What Portlanders think about homelessness

What Portlanders think about homelessness

A survey commissioned by KGW shows more than half of Portlanders are dissatisfied with how the mayor and police bureau are addressing homelessness in the city.

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Share your story

Share your story

How does homeless tent camping affect you?

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Tent City Survey

KGW surveyed 100 tent campers in Portland about who they are and why they live in tents.

Your reactions to Tent City, USA

Social media reactions to KGW's Tent City, USA investigative project on homeless tent camping in Portland.

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Tent City, USA: Part 1

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Tent City, USA: Part 2

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