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Evicted Bend homeless campers face new challenge; ODOT sites get ‘No Trespassing’ signs

(Updated: adding video, comments from ODOT, Shepherd's House Ministries)

Deadline for campers to gather their property, leave sites off of the Bend Parkway, tomorrow

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- "I think it'll be a difficult day for people experiencing homelessness, living in those camps," said David Notari, director of development for Shepherd's House Ministries.

Nortari's comment refers to Saturday, the deadline for homeless campers on the south end of Bend to remove their personal items from camps near Murphy Road, with a Monday deadline for camps at the north end of town near the Revere Avenue offramp.

The Oregon Department of Transportation recently gave 10-day notice to the campers, informing them of the cleanup and removal.

The reason, ODOT says, is safety, especially with winter fast approaching, as plows will be pushing snow off the Bend Parkway. They also want to prevent people from setting up permanent camps.

But most of the people are still out there, despite the deadline being hours away.

"But it is going to happen, so I think it'll be a challenging day," Notari told NewsChannel 21 on Friday.

More challenging this time -- because people won't be able to relocate to other camps on ODOT property.

It's been a long-standing issue that the homeless community moves to other areas, once forced to vacate their current site.

However, this time is different.

ODOT informed campers that there will be a 'no camping' policy on these properties, accompanied by No Trespassing signs.

"We will be enforcing no trespassing, but if we have to get law enforcement involved, we would," said Kacey Davey, public information officer for ODOT.

"We're not trying to criminalize these people's presence there," she said. "We just want them to be somewhere safer that's not on the side of the highway."

But there are not many other places they can continue to go.

Notari tells us solutions to homelessness, a high-profile issue of late, go deeper than just cleaning up camps around town, as numerous government efforts and social service agencies can attest.

"Those who we see on the street corner like that, or who are living on those camps on the off-ramps -- most of them have had tremendous childhood trauma," he said. "And that has a cascading effect in their lives, and that has really led to where they are now, which includes addiction and homelessness."

Right now, the Bend City Council is considering proposed development code changes to provide options for various types of shelters to be built in most zoning districts in Bend -- as a way to deal with the houseless.

The city has an interactive online tool that explains the proposed homeless shelter types and is asking for the public's feedback until Nov. 1. You can access that here.

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  1. Interesting.

    And will BPD cite trespassers?

    And if so, will John Hummel refuse to prosecute as he has when BPD has cited trespassers like “the Peacekeepers”?

    Or will OSP cite as these areas fall under State control? And ODOT is State.

    Again, interesting.

      1. That may be…

        But the question was and remains…

        Which enforcement agency is responsible to enforce the “No Camping” order?

        And…will they?

      2. This per the memorandum put out by the City of Bend – along with the link to the 4 pages of information to include options and alternatives offered to those being moved.

        BEND POLICE RESPONSE TO SUPPORT REQUEST
        o The Bend Police Department responds to ODOT’s call for service with a courtesy warning to
        violators of the posted notice.
        o If compliance is not achieved with a courtesy warning, Bend Police enforces the law, which may
        include issuing citations for trespassing.

        https://www.bendoregon.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/49237/637511695320070000

  2. It’s nice to see at least one government agency conducting themselves like an adult….Never mind the Clown posse known as Bend City Council as well a virtue signaler in chief Hummel

  3. I just do not care about the homeless. There are way to many help wanted signs around Bend and the rest of the country.

    1. Unfortunately, its hard to find a place to rent working 30 hours a week at $12/hr and no benefits. Employers won’t give you a full time job at a decent wage. They send you home if there is not enough business and then try to call you in at the last minute when someone doesn’t show up. They treat you like **** and then complain that they can’t keep an employee.

      1. First, if 30 hours a week isn’t enough, get a second job! My mom worked three jobs while raising myself and my three siblings after my dad left us. My son and brother both work 80+ hours a week. If you need more money, work more hours. Second, starting wages are now $15-$18/hr, not $12. Third, if rent is too high in Bend, move somewhere more affordable. And finally, if you want a better job, do what it takes to get one. Teach yourself a new skill. Get training. Go back to school. All kinds of options. I taught myself to program and retired from a great IT job.

        1. Oh man Justthefacts , you totally nailed it. Everyone should be screaming this from the mountain tops( or right to their face) I’m sick of these whinny pitty pot morons. The Biden admin is collapsing and when all the people that voted for him start seeing all their freebies go away, watch for the sky screamers to come back. Okay Barney let’s hear your whinny arguments. Come on, you can’t resist.

        2. Factoid, you had a mom who worked 3 jobs and raised you. Score ! You were one of the lucky ones. As Nortari says in the article “Those who we see on the street corner like that, or who are living on those camps on the off-ramps — most of them have had tremendous childhood trauma,” Unless you’ve walked in another’s shoes, you can’t pat yourself on the back and say every man for himself. Maybe find a homeless person to mentor and pass on a little of that IT training. Give a leg-up to someone who is way further down than you ever were.

          1. Personally, I’d like to see the factual data about just how many of them were in a bad situation as children. Then perhaps, I’d be more inclined to believe it.

          2. Well as he said in his comment. There are many ways to get help, mental and educational it just takes effort. As for childhood trauma…many people experience childhood trauma,yet the still function within society and don’t just make themselves a burden to society.

            1. Speaking in general…
              Judging who is a “burden to society” and doesn’t deserve help … can only leave some “getting a free ride” who don’t deserve it and others who are truly deserving being left waiting due to a lack of resources.
              Because humans are imperfect, as are MY judgment calls on what to allow here at times.
              And yet, we keep judging, often based on incomplete data, over-generalizations and not taking into account individual situations. Blame is easier and allows way too many to “wash their hands” of people who they think don’t live up to the standard. The messy details/background, person by person, are where reality lies.

      2. If you can’t rent here, then you can’t afford to live here. Why is that so hard for you to understand?

    2. Those for whom it is a life-style choice need to stop wasting their time scrounging and scrabbling and get a job.

      1. Why can’t the city do something to stop the pan handling, holding signs one every corner? It really doesn’t seem like the city is actually doing anything to change things.

          1. Panhandling on arbitrary public and private property being a “free speech” issue is hardly about “getting rid of the first amendment”. Some serious questions how that is free speech rather than commercial activity subject to legitimate regulation in the public interest (and even free speech can be regulated in reasonable ways to achieve public goals as long as it’s not being repressed). Might need laws and or amendments (or sometimes just new judges) to refine this … but proponents of enforcement aren’t automatically anti-free speech.

    3. SamA ~seriously? You do understand that most employers require a mailing address a clean human being and ID to process the paperwork for compensation. All hard to accomplish when homeless.

      FYI ~ many homeless people have lost their ID, making it a challenge to start all over again. To get a driver’s license or any ID you need a birth certificate. Have you tried getting one lately? The only way to do so is online. Credit card payment required. Do you think the homeless folks have credit cards and access to online services?

      Your lack of empathy is appalling.

      Try to learn how to understand the challenges that homeless face instead of judging them as you do.

      1. They probably have a bank account to get there government money and most probably have some sort of mailing address ie PO box or a friend or relatives address. We furnished one to relatives when they didn’t have addresses.

        1. Jesus…. This should tell everyone reading this just how out of touch the crowd with their callous attitude toward the homeless is….

          Bank accounts and PO boxes… 🙄😂

          Living in a tent and suffering from mental illness… Sure, they have bank accounts… Pure comedy.

          1. I never said mental illness is funny. Far from it but speaking from personal experience it can be overcome if one so desires. People say, “There but for the grace of God go I”. Well I believe that wholly. However, from what I see in these homeless camps, God is the last thing most of them think about. There are plenty of churches and clergy that are willing to help if they so choose and there are plenty of other options for them as well. In my opinion, most do not want to change their lifestyles.

      2. Frogs eyes, unless you have any homeless living in your house, your opinion means nothing. They made bad decisions. That isn’t my problem.

  4. They can always camp on the sidewalks downtown if there’s no place else to go (City of Boise v. Martin).

  5. Please mandate that the homeless work or they are gone. I’ve lived in Bend for 42 years and 20 years ago we literally had one homeless person, Frank who posted up in front of Pine Tavern. Frank drove his red convertible with his dog and went back to his house every night to sleep. He played music and begged, but actually was not homeless. Can we please get back to that time? If you don’t work, you’re gone! I understand there are exceptions, but you have to draw the line in the sand somewhere. We have 10 million jobs available in the US.

    Hope everyone has a great Fall weekend!

    1. I don’t believe that would be legal. Between court rulings and things like new state laws
      https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/oregon-legislature-oks-measure-to-protect-homeless-campers/283-c0e66e19-2399-4959-98ce-eaf10a6849ff
      Besides, who in the country is ‘mandated to work’ or has to move? That wasn’t true then, or now. Many things have changed – closing of mental institutions (many were their own horror stories, but of course many people were unaware or didn’t care that they existed – ‘out of sight’ etc.)
      The problems are bigger and the solutions far from simple.
      You have a great weekend, too!

      1. Barney, I would agree that our mental health system has dwindled over the years and that certainly doesn’t help. I see this problem largely as a mindset issue with many of these people though. In the economic crash of 2008, I lost everything as a contractor and had to do work that I never would have done before for waaay less money. It was tough for myself and my kids, but I can tell you that the one thing that kept me going was the drive to keep a roof over our heads with no help from the government. Mental illness aside, this problem is all about drive and hard work. Society today is much more of a victim factory than it was even 10 years ago.

        1. Yes and in 1963’s Bye Bye Birdie, Paul Lynde sang, “Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way? What’s the matter with kids today?”
          I heard some vague thing about Aristotle, just looked it up and sure enough:
          “They [Young People] have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things — and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning — all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything — they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.
          (Aristotle)

          1. Thank you for the Aristotle reference, love it.
            …and as far as the homeless, I think we agree that homeless camps should not be in an area where it is clearly dangerous to the people camping, such as next to a freeway/parkway or railroad tracks?

          2. LOL I love it, Paul Lynde and Aristotle in the same post! Dude, you are broad as well as deep!!!

    2. I remember Lets Go the red convertible, and his dog. He was rather pleasant. Those were the days I wish were still here. Bend is beautiful, but not what is happening here. Each year it get’s worse.

      1. I throw this out there once in a while – yes, much has changed, some for better some worse, but you know why many believe things were better 20, 30, 40 years ago?
        Because we were 20, 30, 40 years YOUNGER.
        Not the only reason of course, but it sure explains much of the wistfulness people have for the “good old day.” I guarantee, if you could go back to those times, many seniors of the day would say the place has gone to hell in a handbasket.
        It’s all relative, and we should remember that once in a while.

        1. I grew up in Bend not even thinking about locking our doors at night, now our city leaders want to make it acceptable for homeless to camp next to my driveway. I could run around bare foot as a kid in the parks, not our kids…. don’t want them to pick up a heroin needle. You could drive through town receiving smiles and waves, now the only wave you get is the middle finger. You could walk in drake park and take in all the fresh mountain air, now you get a nose full of someone smoking dope. The only graffiti in town was on the Baker Rd. Overpass “Californians Go Home” now it’s gang related and unlegable spray paint everywhere. Hmmm……just can’t think of anything that’s better now than then

          1. Every time, every advance has its tradeoffs. We have the world’s information at our fingertips, for example – and look what we do with it. I now have an app-enabled bed, coffeemaker and … toothbrush. Are they perfect? No. Are they better? Yes. I can look at my wrist to see if the new work email is more boring PR or something we need to jump on. Yep, more connected and disconnected at the same time. Tradeoffs.
            Anyway, you feel free to vent and disagree, but I refuse at 65 to look at the world so sourly. I still have hope for a better future, and see lots of good people doing good things, if we look hard enough. Without that, why bother?
            Have a good weekend.

                1. Thanks. If only the “all CNN/AP/mainstream media is bad” crowd could find their perfect news source to hang out on. I don’t think it exists, and not for the reasons they allege.

    3. You really dont know Bend if you think that guy was Bends single homeless person at the turn of the century. Thats just not accurate. Maybe he was the only one you saw, but he wasnt alone.

    4. There were more homeless here besides Frank. You hardly saw them though. Many were hobos passing through riding the trains.

  6. It’s really sad to me that people can be so heartless in these comments. Try caring about your fellow humans and learning their stories, it might just change your life. They deserve a safe warm place to live just like anyone else, and ODOT shouldn’t be doing this without them having somewhere else to go. Shame on all of you.

    1. What else do you suggest? Doing nothing and leaving the homeless to do as they please is not working. What story of the homeless do I need to learn? What is the story of the guy in the Colorado \ 97 exit ramp circle that has a substantially built shelter with 15 bikes parked outside of it. Is his story that he has enough money to BUY enough bikes to ride a different one in the AM and one in the PM everyday of the week? If that is the case, then he does not need to be living off of Colorado \ 97. Or is his story that he is making more effort building that shelter and stealing bikes than going out to apply for one of the MANY jobs available in Bend? Yes, there a some homeless that have fallen on hard times by no fault of their own. But there is plenty of opportunity for them to pull themselves out of their situation ON THEIR OWN and not rely on US to hand them an alternative option.

    2. I agree! IF They could provide them a safe place to go
      THAT would be way better than taking them away from a place they think might not be safe!
      Find them a place to go you guys…… seriously.
      We don’t want them camping on our downtown streets and sidewalks but what are they going to do ?
      where are they going to go?
      what is their option? So frustrating!
      Another major factor is they have to be able to camp close enough to facilities so they can buy some groceries~~ buy propane and get there safely not through ice and snow.
      Most of them are on foot or on bikes
      not in cars.

    1. Go stand on a street corner and shout it if whatever Barney blocked is so damn important to you. Nobody’s stopping you. THAT’s free speech.

  7. My place of business we are hiring at $18 an hour plus benefits. People are lazy in this town most feel like they’re entitled to everything. So the homeless population they could easily get a full-time 40+ hours a week job. But they choose not to so who cares where these homeless have to go. If they are not trying to make themselves better so be it they’re in that situation because they want to be in a situation. I know I’m going to get hate for this but I really don’t give a damn. Sometimes in life you do you have to work your ass off to get ahead. But nowadays people don’t know what hard work is.

    1. I agree with your comments. There s a Bible verse, “ The Lord helps those that help themselves”. If I look at successful people the great majority got where they are by working hard, really really hard. I have no sympathy for lazy victims and none of the rest of us should

      1. There is no Bible verse saying “The Lord helps those that help themselves”. It’s a common myth, a human construct, and not at all in harmony with scripture. If it was, it would be something like “The Lord helps those that call on Him”, or “trust in His name”. Essentially, the Lord helps those who are willing to recognize their state of helplessness. The Bible does say that man was created to work, and to enjoy the fruits of his labor. It also says that if a man is unwilling to work, then neither should he eat. Elsewhere is says give to those in need. So in Scripture, destitution as a result of laziness is not a condition that should be supported. Neither is it appropriate to assume destitution is the result of laziness. What a man sows, that is what he shall reap. Those who give themselves to addiction will see the consequences of addiction. But sometimes we reap what others have sown. Scripture says the sins of our parents can pass down generations, a dynamic clearly recognized in the article.

  8. How many jobs are available? No excuses. If you don’t want a job and choose to live on the streets, then hard choices will be made FOR you. There are homes, hotels and hostels to go to, warming huts, cooling tents, services north to south and soon to be managed camps. How many homeless? How many jobs available? You can’t afford rent, get roommates, eat Ramen, ride a bike, save some money. If you decide to be dependent on drugs and city services then there should be no complaining about ODOT or other private property owners giving you the boot. It is NOT your land, NOT your property and NOT your right to make it your home. Get a haircut, get a shower in one of the mobile units that are provided around town, fill out an application or two and see what happens. You never know, you might get that job that helps you get off the streets. Yup, a novel concept but that is how it works. A little effort, especially now, when there are hundreds of job openings available. But hey, can you lead a horse to water and expect it to drink…..?

  9. Winter’s coming. Giving these folks a bus ticket to Phoenix might be the best gift the public can give them today. It also might represent the lowest cost alternative for Bend taxpayers.

    1. Better yet, send them to Mexico. It’s warmer. If the liberals are going to allow illegals into this country who have nothing to offer, outside of social dependency, then we should send them our social equivalents.

  10. The homeless advocate pulled a new excuse out of the hat: he asserted that most of the homeless experienced childhood trauma and that is why they are not able to fully participate in society. I would love to see the data to back that up. And, if it is true, then society is truly regressing and in big trouble.

      1. Sad, but many if not most experience trauma in their lives yet we are still (or should be) responsible for our actions and need to remain an active, contributing member of a society.

    1. “most homeless experienced childhood trauma and that is why they are not able to fully participate in society” I can’t speak on numbers but I can say I worked for a division of Health and Human Services assisting children who experienced trauma. Many of these kids, most of these kids, are damaged beyond repair. There is nobody who believes these kids will grow up to lead “normal” lives. They are in care of the state until they age out, then they live as dependants or they live on the streets. So yeah, I believe it’s true for many. I’ve seen the front end of these people’s lives. It’s really ugly.

      1. I agree Skiz. I have experience with trying to hire homeless people to do work. Many of them are just not capable of being productive at any kind of work. Those I know who work with the homeless daily have told me that they estimate that to be around 40% of the homeless. It takes more effort to have them be productive than just to do the work for yourself. But I also believe that our society will be judged for how we treat the less fortunate no matter how they came to be less fortunate. Many of those on the street need to be in supervised care and housing not only for their own benefit but for the safety and benefit of everyone else. Many people do not realize that it takes less money to house and care for the homeless than it does to let them live on the streets. When the homeless are housed they cost far less in medical care and due to reduced crime and police interactions. So housing the homeless, making society safer, and reducing costs to the taxpayers can all be accomplished if done correctly. Unfortunately, although we have people who know how to do this, so far most all of our politicians on both sides of the political divide do not really care. This problem can be solved, but until our politicians really care about this issue and listen to those who have been successful with this issue, homelessness will never go away. I have been blessed to never had to be homeless. But for the grace of God there goes me.

        1. Politicians usually reflect the will of the people – and considering how many people go online to publicly write off the homeless as “bums” who don’t deserve help and should help themselves – all the typical judgments – is it any wonder the elected officials argue over whether to even devote limited funds (much of it federal) toward such projects? If the public would rather judge than “care,” it’s a brave politician to go against that grain (and face potential ouster). Not to mention… good luck finding a place to put such supervised care/housing that will be welcomed by neighbors, rather than fought all mixed in with “we should care for the homeless … somewhere else” and “let them stay in YOUR yard” crowd.
          Reaching beyond that crowd to caring individuals who are willing to public take a stand in the direction you espouse is a far greater challenge than any one issue, even homelessness.

  11. Many of us have had early childhood trauma and go on to live life. Many of us also worked for $12 per hour and had to rent with other people to keep a roof over ours and our children’s heads. It’s called roommates. Both of those things can only happen if you’re sober and not steeling from your roommates and employer. Good for ODOT for enforcing the safety of everyone in Bend by removing camps. It’s about time. Oh and sure I am just a heartless insensitive person for saying everyone should be held to the same laws.

    1. I think this fits here too.
      https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/judge+not%2C+lest+ye+be+judged
      Yes I too had childhood trauma – my mother jumped off a hotel building and killed herself when I was 9. So I could be a lot more screwed up than I am (there but for the grace of God.) But I’m not into blaming and judging. Not taking a stand on what ODOT is doing, or saying we should excuse/ignore illegal acts by anyone. Just … tired of/frustrated by the Blame Society in general. More destructive than any virus or terrorist, IMHO.

      1. It is not a question of “judging others” – that argument is applied far too often in today’s efforts at meaningful conversation or discussion.

        That said – the straw argument of “Trauma” is likewise overused and is generally mis-defined and mis-applied.

        First, a diagnosis of trauma has to be clinically assigned in order to meet the medical (read: scientific) criteria for trauma.

        And there are different kinds / durations of trauma which, again, must be clinically evaluated and if criteria is reached, professionally diagnosed.

        Trauma (diagnosed) is likewise not an excuse or legal defense for criminal actions.

        And trauma can be pre-existing (clinical diagnosis required) or brought on by specific events such as combat induced PTS, as (again) clinically diagnosed.

        Otherwise “trauma” is simply a street adjective and can refer or relate to anything, anywhere, at anytime.

        For example – “Dude! Your girlfriend breaking up with you has really traumatized me!”

        Homeless populations are a far deeper and complicated social issue than most realize. Go with the science and not the cracker barrel “activist” whose information comes from her/his favorite social media site.

        And yes, I have worked professionally with a homeless population (Veterans) and their families (ten years). True recovery / rehabilitation and re-entry into mainstream society is carefully outlined and explained in professional circles that serve the homeless. Guidelines / performance requirements / personal and group boundaries and a commitment by the person/patient to agree and adhere to these in return for help strive to see the 1% with addiction / behavioral health challenges successfully remain clean, sober, and employed in some manner reach those goals.

        1. No trauma isn’t an “excuse” or “legal defense” – but understanding that, with all the caveats and provisos, is a step toward really addressing the complex issues and getting even farther from the “bus ’em out of town” shameful viewpoint. But you obviously know better than eye how simple solutions are simplistic non-solutions that are just very unfortunate.
          Thanks for a rational, civil reply. I sure wish more would do that. This type of system might not be an endangered species if folks did. From ANY point on the political spectrum.

      2. Barney,first of all, I want to tell you that I am so sorry for your childhood experience. No child should ever have to deal with that sort of tragedy. Secondly, you should be the example of just how one can overcome that sort of childhood trauma. My point is that other people are just making excuses for the homeless and that being said, enabling them to continue being the problem without really helping them.

        1. Thank you. But I disagree. I think people trying to help the homeless aren’t “making excuses” any more than those who think they should be locked up or thrown out of town (rather than somehow get the help they need) are… making unfair broad-brush judgments of an individualized problem. Generalizations get us nowhere. If it were a simple problem to solve, we’d have many examples to borrow from. It’s not.

          1. I really appreciate what you have shared on this issue Barney. I especially like that you realize “but for the grace of God”. Every time I see a homeless person, that is the first thought that comes to my mind. It is not my place to judge why others are in the position they are in. I am not to judge anyone according to the belief system I was raised in and still live by. I am also very sorry that you had to go through what you did as a child. It is a testament to you as a person, as well due to the “grace of God” as you clearly stated.

  12. With Portland as a real time example of how homeless camps impact neighborhoods it is well worth watching this KGW special –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYUNcibjzRg

    Portland, in May of this year, announced its plans to begin clearing the homeless camps in the city…an effort that is now impacting on the city council by the businesses and residents who are fed up – the comments from even camp dwellers about how horrifying these camps are are telling.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tUOhlEjhks

    Bend’s city council, its mayor, and the local “activists” who impede and obstruct public health and safety at every turn take note are living in a bubble regarding this issue…and in Portland that bubble has burst.

  13. These homeless camps are an eyesore. They are homeless yet feel the need to keep a selection of shopping carts, bicycles and stolen bbq grills. Some parts of the city look like a certain bridge in Del Rio, Texas. Our city leaders are incompetent and solely responsible for this.

  14. Bend use to be a nice place not anymore With the homeless & their junk & the Bend City Council let’s let Bend look like a dump

  15. A must read: “San Fransicko” and/or listen to the author, Michael Shellenberger on a recent Joe Rogan podcast. I am sure some will refuse and just return to their echo chambers.

  16. I wish the headline and quotes didn’t resort to Newspeak and just presented things objectively. “Campers face new challenge” … come on, that’s not camping that’s squatting on property that is not privately theirs and dedicated by its owners (the general public) to other public purposes. “Experiencing homelessness”; come on … we it is their current lifestyle circumstance … using the word experiencing is obviously intended to disconnect that from the broader context of their life situation and choices; it’s deliberately implying something “happened to” someone rather than being the outcome of the complicated process of living life and dealing with trade offs that we all have to navigate. Let’s be caring, empathetic, helpful , and yes where needed also responsible. Responsible includes enforcing policies that provided for the common good while providing reasonable options for individuals in challenging situations (in my mind tolerating squatting all over public and private property is not a reasonable accommodation).

    Since I’m taking advantage of this platform to shoot of what might otherwise be just self-gratifying opinions when I’m not personally impacted by the challenges of homelessness; I did decide to act on this reminder of other people’s circumstances and donate to Shepherd’s House.

    How about a $5 pledge per comment; any takers? 😉

    1. jeffd as I’m guessing you know, court rulings and new state laws have greatly limited what govt. agencies in Oregon can do regarding homeless camps on public property (unless there are adequate shelter beds available.)
      Thanks for giving to them, I’ve been blessed to be able to give to several local nonprofits (beyond my regular United Way contributions). A “cheap” way to feel better about trying to help those less fortunate in our community, without judgment, blame and hate.
      BTW I saw all your multiple attempts in the ‘trash’ folder – and non, we’ve never figured out why some of that is happening, it’ll never be a tech priority, and I get that. But it’s not based on the words used/position – it’s a tech glitch. Still hopeful by early next year we’ll get to try a different system like WP Discus – and there’s still the potential option of joining all other Oregon TV stations in eliminating the comment systems for reasons some won’t ever believe or accept.

      1. Barney it seems like you should be more forthcoming and I suggest you put your money where your mouth is and get everyone at the Z to donate 10% of their pay in to fixing the so-called destitute homeless problem. With the money from the 10% donations, you all can build a new homeless facility and everything will be rosey.

            1. It may be a sincere statement, but it will take a lot more than just housing to solve the issues many of the homeless are dealing with. Even when they are in housing the demons that plague many of the homeless are still there, whether through drug abuse, mental issues, or illness, etc. It will not be cheap, but the cost of not doing anything about it will be far greater. Get out and actually speak to a lot of the homeless. Learn their stories. They are not, all the same, any more than everyone who has a roof over their heads is the same. I know a man who came from a wealthy family who left him a small trust whereby he gets paid every month. His father died and it caused him to have a mental break. I and his other friends no longer know where he is. The last report was that he was in California yelling and arguing with park benches. Should we continue to let mentally unstable people walk the streets? Of course not.

              1. I’ve dealt with people who have mental illness in my family. I agree it’s sad but most are addicted to something and if they really want help with their addiction, there are many options out there. From my perspective, a huge part of the problem is families are so fractured that most don’t even care or have ” time” to help. So then it falls on society. Now days society is too narsistic to care either so it’s like a dog chasing it’s own tail.

  17. About time that they do something about these DANGEROUS situations for EVERYBODY’s sake!!
    BTW, there are plenty of jobs around and if one isn’t enough work two….. that’s how I got started.

  18. Mental illness, drug and alcohol issues play into this as well. It is short sighted to kick them out with out a plan to relocate. Likewise pretty hard to work without showers clothes, adequate food, adequate shelter, Most of the time it is not just a matter of not wanting to work, its a matter of not being well enough to work. Reagan closed the mental institutions and pushed all of those needs to the communities 40 years ago without resources. The problems have worsened for a variety of reasons.

    1. LOTS of people choose to be homeless, and even give up jobs and homes to do so. Google vanlife, stealth camping and through hiking for examples. There is wide spectrum of homelessness. For some reason, society likes to focus on the bottom end, the urban tent dwellers, probably because they offer high contrast observation. But like the rest of the spectrum, these people create their own community that offers what we all desire in a community –acceptance, understanding and support. They network, buy, sell, trade, and like many in the greater community, search for ways to game the system. It may not be a life we approve of, but it is a life. We do not want to be part of their community, and neither do they want to be part of ours. And it’s okay. Not everybody wants to play the game and adhere to the requirements imposed on greater society. Go down and ask these people what they think about homeowners who choose to live with arbitrary HOAs dictating what items are acceptable to leave on your back deck. You don’t have to be mentally ill to throw off restraints.

  19. First of finally. Now they need to clean up all the other camps growing. I’m tired of the excuse it mental health, drugs alcohol, rents to high…alot of people struggle with that. Bend has always been a lower wage place and higher rent. People want to live here so it’s how the dice roles. It’s always been a family town and tourist. It’s turning into straight Portland trash. I drive my kid to school and pass both Cooley and highway camps. There are plenty of jobs out there and if those individuals can have stoves and fridges plugged in on the streets and stand out side their camps drinking they can get a job. Like someone else said generally if you can’t afford to live somewhere you do something about it. Alot of these individuals make more then the working people and choose this way of lazy living. The only true ones I feel bad for are the veterans who are disabled. I’ve been down to the lowest of lowest and had to stay with random folks to get back on my feet and that was a toll on my mental wellness. It’s about pushing yourself to make it better. Sick of the excuses given for the people ruining our streets, land, taking handouts and doing drugs and vandalizing. I pay taxes. I get penalized and held accountable. These folks DO NOT. It’s insane.

  20. Evicted? Could you morons possibly have a more condescending headline about homeless people in this town? Evicted?

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