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Homelessness in the Pacific Northwest.

Bleeding Money in the Pacific Northwest
By Don Doman


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Homeless people and seniors trying to make ends meet have one salvation that can boost their cash flow: Plasma Donation Centers.


An artist friend read my recent article about Pacific Northwest homelessness and responded with an article about the big business of selling blood. I don't know that my friend every sold his blood, but as an artist it is sometimes hard to make a living in the world of art.


"The number of collection centers in the United States has more than doubled since 2005 and blood now makes up well over 2 percent of total U.S. exports by value. To put that in perspective, Americans' blood is now worth more than all exported corn or soy products that cover vast areas of the country's heartland. The U.S. supplies fully 70 percent of the world's plasma, mainly because most other countries have banned the practice on ethical and medical grounds." https://www.mintpressnews.com/harvesting-blood-americas-poor-late-stage-capitalism/263175/


The average person is not going to get rich selling their blood, but if you are homeless or are a senior with a a minimal retirement it's possible to earn up to $400 a month by donating what's pulsating through your veins. Your average low-income worker would find $400 a month helpful in buying groceries or paying utilities. Blood donations from repeat blood donors beyond the age of 68 years increased from 2,114 in 2005 to 38,432 in 2012. People think we have a booming economy, but living expenses are are the rise especially for housing. The transporation industries expects prices of food to climb with the latest shipping contracts terminate in 2020.


Blood and detention centers have become big business in America. And they feed off the poor. "A pint of blood in America sells to hospitals for $180 to $300, depending on the market, and expired blood often is sold to research laboratories . . . " - https://oklahoman.com/article/4985779/what-many-donors-dont-know-their-blood-is-sold


In Portland the business of blood and plasma is a godsend to people on tight budgets and those who have no permanent housing.


"At CSL Plasma, a new donor can earn $50 per donation for their first month. Aug 18, 2016"


There is a lengthy form to fill out, but if you become a regular the process speeds up. Even as a regular the affair takes a chunk out of your day, but if you are retired, or don't have a regular job it's a good trade out. Americans can donate up to 60 liters (127 pints) a year. The World Health Organization recommendation is 15 liters, which is what Canada allows. The U.S. and Canada are number one and number two. Around 17.4 million blood donations are collected worldwide.


Portland details:
"Who pays the most for plasma?
The Highest-Paying Plasma Donation Centers
BioLife Plasma Services. How much you can earn: Between $20 and $50 per visit; up to $400 a month. ...
Biotest Plasma Center. ...
BPL Plasma LLC. ...
CSL Plasma. ...
KEDPlasma, Inc.
Sep 29, 2018"


"When cobbling together a livable income, many of America's poorest people rely on the stipends they receive for donating plasma." https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/09/poor-sell-blood/403012/


We have to ask ourselves, if thousands of people are selling their blood/plasma now to provide shelter and groceries, what's next? Is there a market for souls?


For more information on homelessness and affordable housing as well as a 41 page report on the homeless crisis visit Portland Business Today.



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