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Portland to increase homeless camp removals

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland says it will increase the number of urban homeless camps they remove because of public health and safety risks, beginning Monday.

KOIN-TV reports the “more assertive approach” from the city’s Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program comes after officials said the number and size of the encampments have increased since the coronavirus pandemic began.

From March to July 2020, campsite removals ceased altogether, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Multnomah County Health Department.

Officials say removals then resumed, but in a drastically reduced capacity, following a revised protocol for campsites that posed the greatest health and safety risks.

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The Associated Press

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    1. Portlandia homeless, are they being too mean to you over there? Please move to the homeless utopia of Bendiego where you will be provided free trash service, hazmat service, toilets, and weed!

  1. Interesting that the poll for today about homeless doesn’t allow us to get to the results page to see the results and/or commments.

    1. Much larger city, quite a complex process. https://www.portland.gov/omf/news/2021/5/19/city-council-unanimously-agrees-health-and-safety-protocols-unsanctioned
      But it’s not clear that it will “solve” the issue some think is as simple as kicking folks out of town, to land somewhere else.
      And just like anywhere else, critics say it will just be “pushing the problem,” because it’s no long-term solution – a very tall order.
      https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/city-to-remove-homeless-encampments-more-aggressively-following-covid-19-pause/283-4bd805d1-3af4-476f-9238-0bdd3be1c825#:~:text=%E2%80%94%20The%20City%20of%20Portland%20announced,quickly%20the%20removal%20process%20happens.

  2. Not that we basically have legalized small amounts of meth and heroin in the state, I expect this problem to disappear immediately.

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