Alliance seeks clarification on city's camping policy
Camping on public property or public right of way is illegal under to Portland city code.The Alliance asked Mayor Charlie Hales to clarify the city’s policy regarding illegal camping in Portland’s public spaces. Camping on public property or public right of way is illegal under to Portland city code. It has been reported that the mayor’s office directed the Portland Police Bureau not to enforce the camping ban unless there is a clear nexus to illegal activity, which is a departure from past policy and city code. The Alliance asked Mayor Hales if those reports are true. There has been a proliferation of illegal camps in neighborhoods throughout the city. The Alliance has consistently advocated that camping is not a humane response to the city’s homelessness crisis.