Alliance joins coalition of business and neighborhoods in lawsuit on mayor's camping policy



Alliance joins coalition of business and neighborhoods in lawsuit on mayor's camping policy

The Safe and Livable Coalition, made up of businesses and neighborhood associations, filed a complaint in Multnomah County Circuit Court against Mayor Charlie Hales’ Safe Sleep Policy.
On April 20, the Safe and Livable Coalition, made up of businesses and neighborhood associations, filed a complaint in Multnomah County Circuit Court against Mayor Charlie Hales’ Safe Sleep Policy. The policy allows individuals and groups of up to six sleep on sidewalks or in tents on city rights of way or remnant properties between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. It also allows larger encampments to be permitted by the city. The lawsuit contends the mayor does not have the authority to issue such a policy without City Council action and that the policy is inconsistent with state law and city ordinances. The coalition does not believe tent camping is a solution to the city’s homelessness crisis and that the policy has created health, safety and livability issues for all Portlanders. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/Safe.Livable.Portland/