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Mayor Hales announces homeless camp cleanup along Springwater Corridor

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Mayor Hales announced Friday that homeless camps along the Springwater Corridor will be cleared and cleaned up.

According to a release from Mayor Hales’ Office, the plan is in an effort to address the urgent public safety issues and environmental damages in the area.

From Monday, July 18, to Monday, August 1, social service providers will increase outreach along the corridor, assessing the needs of those camping and connecting as many as possible with available supportive services.

On Friday, July 29, the Springwater Corridor will be formally posted for cleanup. Work crews will then begin clearing belongings, garbage and biohazards from the trail on August 1.

Outreach and cleanup efforts will begin on the East Portland section of the trail, in the Lents and Brentwood-Darlington areas, where the highest-impact camping has been reported.

Once the area is cleaned, signs will be posted notifying people that camping is not permitted and that camps that may appear will be removed.

Police estimate several hundred people will be displaced from the trail.

Hales emphasized that the action demonstrates the need to continue to expand shelter and permanent housing options for people experiencing homelessness.

More than 400 shelter beds will be opening over the next few months, beginning with the Hansen Shelter in East Portland, which is set to open on July 22.

According to a release from Mayor Hales’ office, the City-County Joint Office of Homeless Services will continue to ensure services are available for those sleeping outside.

"For those who have to sleep outside, we will continue to support their need to do so safely,” said Mayor Hales.” But large, entrenched encampments that we see in the corridor are not acceptable."

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