Mayor Wheeler is set to announce a new homelessness management plan

By on October 15, 2022 0

Mayor Ted Wheeler is set to announce a new plan to manage the city’s homeless population. It includes a ban on unauthorized camping, according to Willamette Week.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mayor Ted Wheeler is set to propose banning unauthorized camping across Portland and building large sanctioned homeless camping areas as an alternative, according to a report from Willamette Week.

The mayor wants three 500-person homeless “campuses,” with each campus divided into four 125-person camps, the report said. The city would seek to have these proposed new sites managed by outside contractors.

KGW contacted City Hall to confirm and got a two-sentence response from the mayor’s office.

The first sentence read: “City Commissioner Dan Ryan and I want to complete our outreach to elected leaders who have key responsibilities related to affordable housing and homelessness issues before finalizing proposals to be announced next week. .”

On Friday, KGW toured Old Town Portland and the Street Roots office. The local newspaper vendors are either homeless or gone.

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“Nobody, nobody wakes up and decides they’re homeless,” said Racheal Dulaney, a vendor and Street Roots ambassador.

Racheal Dulaney is now in a small native village and a stone’s throw from permanent accommodation. It is not favorable to large sanctioned camps.

“I went through the shelter system with hundreds of people in this shelter and completely fell through the cracks.”

On Friday, KGW also received a response from Multnomah County leadership, which included sharing a draft letter from Mayor and Commissioner Dan Ryan. The letter generally spells out this campus proposal, but it assigns all responsibility for the construction and operation of all homeless shelters to the county, not the city.

County Chair Deborah Kafoury issued a statement to KGW outlining what the county is already doing, with a final line stating:

“If the mayor’s office wants to ‘clean up’ this town and enforce the time, place and manner laws, they don’t have to hide behind me or anyone else. They can just do it. .

KGW will continue to follow this story and update it as more details become available.

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