"Recently the City of Portland changed our policy regarding campsite clean-ups. This new policy reflects an equitable set of best practices to address the homeless challenge in Portland in a humane and safe way, while at the same time allowing the City to take appropriate action when the situation calls for it. As has been widely reported, the City Council has enacted a State of Emergency around Housing and Homelessness because we lack sufficient indoor space – whether temporary shelter or permanent affordable housing – to house our approximately 2,000 homeless people living on our streets. The City has prioritized the funding and building of more bed spaces, but in the meantime the City is managing public space in a realistic, balanced manner and is generally permitting very low impact camping. However, criminal activity and gross misuse of public space continues to not be tolerated.
The new policy allows people to safely sleep on our streets with timelines and conditions, but camping is still not permitted in parks and on parks properties. To address camping and related violations such as these, we prioritize a limited number of park rangers for patrols at hot spots and in high impact areas. In addition, last week, the city's campsite cleanup vendor removed a number of camps at Creston Park. It appears that campers are returning and that seems to be the case with enforcement and cleanups, as folks without shelter options tend to move around. We will continue to do what we can to address the issues you report, but are also working with the Mayor's office, social services, and mental health providers on a more sustainable solution.
Moving forward, When residents/businesses/visitors want to report camping issues, here’s the way.
The City has a webpage where one may complete a short form about campingwww.portlandoregon.gov/campsite. The webpage form attaches to TrakIT and the form can take downloaded pictures of camping related problems. We encourage folks to use the form.
If a resident/business has no access to a computer or requires help to complete the form, they are welcome to telephone City/County Information
503-823-4000, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pmfor assistance.
You should call 911 for any crime in progress and police non-emergency at 503-823-3333 for afterhours violations as rangers do not work after hours. Calls to ranger customer service help us prioritize their patrols during daytime hours and can be made to 503-823-1637."