- Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and the City of Portland
- United States of America
In October 2015, the City of Portland declared a housing emergency and in response to that declaration, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has enacted a public camping policy (the “Safe Sleep Policy”) that is: (1) an unlawful legislative act by the mayor; (2) a violation of Oregon statutes (ORS §446.265); (3) exceeds the scope of the city’s housing emergency laws.
In addition to being unlawful, Mayor Hales’ policy has created a health and safety crisis affecting everyone in Portland. Since the Mayor’s camping policy was enacted in February, there has been a reported increase in the number of violent attacks, fires, and assaults on the very people Mayor Hales’ policy claims to support. These inhumane camps put more individuals and families experiencing homelessness at risk while not providing adequate resources or programs to ensure safe and livable conditions.
If you want to STOP the Mayor’s illegal camping policy and START looking for safe, healthy and humane solutions to the housing and homelessness crisis in Portland, then tell the Mayor and the City to end it today.