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From: Report PDX
Date: November 18, 2016 at 1:08:17 PM PST
Subject: Sidewalk Obstructions

This has been sent at the request of the Portland Police Bureau.

“Due to the increase in valid complaints of sidewalks and rights-of-way being obstructed by the tents and property of persons experiencing homelessness, thereby restricting access for persons with disabilities and who use mobility devices, Chapter 14 of the Portland City Code will be more strictly enforced effective immediately.”

Police will ask people to remove their belongings from the sidewalk, and if there is a failure to obey a lawful order, persons will be subject to arrest.

Please advise the people you, and your organizations, work with who are experiencing homelessness of this updated enforcement protocol.”


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The police visited the camp this morning and threatened to enforce an ordinance that prevents blocking a right of way – which they say is the “road” that the camp is currently using. Anyone who has been to the camp can clearly see that there is no road there. There are blackberry brambles and dirt paths. They say the neighbors are complaining. The “neighbors” are the Portland Water Bureau, and Portland Public Schools. They are situated in an industrial district, not a residential district. So, how can the city & police commissioner Sam Adams displace these people (most of whom are on waiting lists to get into housing, many of whom are struggling from health issues that make employment all the more elusive). Where will they go? What will they do?
If you have a piece of land that you are willing to lend them, or a church that could open up it’s parking lot or basement, while they regroup, and figure out where to go from here, in a city where being homeless makes you an illegal – where every act of survival – sleeping, cooking, shitting, building shelter – will endanger the few things you have, and your freedom. Where do we go? is the question I’ve heard at sweep after sweep… Do you have an answer for them.
If so – contact Right 2 Survive –