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Portland delays clearing of Springwater Corridor homeless camps until Sept. 1

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The planned clearing of homeless camps along the Springwater Corridor in Portland set to begin Aug. 1 has been delayed by a month.

Mayor Charlie Hales announced Wednesday that the cleanup efforts would be postponed until Sept. 1, in response to requests from social service providers and advocates seeking more time to relocate campers.

Hales previously announced on July 15 that the clearing of the corridor would begin Aug. 1.

"The Oregon Law Center told the mayor that their clients — people who are homeless and with disabilities — could not reasonably pack their belongings and relocate in just two weeks," according to a statement from the mayor's office, with social service providers adding they needed more time to reach the more vulnerable people on the trail. 

However, citing the "urgent public safety issues and environmental damage" on the Springwater Corridor, the Portland Police Bureau will increase patrols along the trail in the city until Sept. 1.

The city of Portland will also provide large trash containers for biohazard cleanup along the corridor.

During August, service providers and advocates will continue outreach along the Springwater Corridor, working to ensure campers are aware that they must leave before Sept. 1. Signs will be posted informing people of the date, with Portland police and park rangers also spreading the word.  

The Gresham Police Department earlier announced plans to increase the presence of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team along the corridor in Gresham due to Portland's plan to clear campers.

A statement from the Gresham Police Department said their goal was not to eradicate campers, but to make sure they are limiting the number of campers grouped together.

When camps are identified as needing to be cleaned up on the Gresham portion of the trail, campers are given 24 to 48 hours to vacate.

The City of Gresham contracts with Central City Concern who works with officers to clean up the campsites

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