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Mayor Wheeler provides update on Time, Place, Manner Ordinance enforcement

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Today, Mayor Wheeler provided a two-week notice ahead of the City's intent to enforce the daytime camping ban.

In June, the Portland City Council amended city code to update public camping policies, putting the City in compliance with House Bill 3115. The City did not begin enforcement of this ordinance immediately – instead spending the months since June focusing on an education campaign to inform the public about the changes and how enforcement would work.

Beginning November 13, 2023, Portland Police will be authorized to enforce the Time, Place Manner Ordinance. They will do so in cooperation with the Street Services Coordination Center team.

"I have spoken extensively about the humanitarian catastrophe that is the hundreds of unsanctioned, sometimes dangerous, and often squalid homeless camps," Mayor Wheeler said. "I have been clear about my goal to end unsanctioned camping in the City of Portland."

Once enforcement begins, those who violate the ordinance will be given two written notices before a citation or arrest could occur.

The City is asking the community to NOT CALL 911to report camps unless there is a life-threatening safety issue. The best way to report unsanctioned camps will continue to be via 311 or PDX reporter