Local Issues

  • Gang Prevention

    Gang violence is a fast-growing East Multnomah County issue threatening Gresham’s livability and requiring stepped-up, collaborative measures to address the problem. 

    A balance of prevention, intervention and suppression strategies is the only way any community has ever been able to curb the growth of gangs. 

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    Gang prevention in Gresham

    Gang prevention resources


    Homelessness is a complex, challenging issue and a top priority for the City.

    The City Council has included homelessness in its Council Work Plan. A new, citizen-led task force on homelessness is investigating issues and solutions from a Gresham perspective. Task force findings will inform Council of potential next steps. 

    In the meantime, the City is working in partnership with local organizations and other government agencies in response to this growing community issue.

    Read more about homelessness in Gresham.


    Both medical marijuana dispensaries and recreational marijuana businesses are subject to City registration, local regulations and requirements of state law.

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    Marijuana issues

    Marijuana businesses

    Marijuana positions

    Medical marijuana grows in residential areas

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    • Central City Concern Clean Start, under contract with the City of Gresham, provides paid mentored work experience for individuals transitioning out of homelessness. The Clean Start team cleans up Gresham's trails and open spaces in areas impacted by homelessness.