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Homelessness Toolkit

City of Portland

Camping

Unsanctioned camping is not permitted in the City (City Code 14A.50.020 and 14A.50.050)

When camps are cleaned up, campers will be provided at least 72 hours advanced written notice, and the City will store valuable property from camps so that people can retrieve their belongings.

When it comes to homelessness, the goal is to provide affordable housing for every person in Portland. However, we currently are faced with the reality of having more people sleeping outside in Portland than indoor bed spaces available for them. Despite the urgency of the work that’s happening every day, that reality will last for some time.


Organized, City Sanctioned Camping

  • Permitted by City
  • Hosted by a City-selected “camp host”
  • Code of Conduct
  • Restrooms and sanitation provided

Organized, City Sanctioned Car/RV Camping

  • Permitted by City
  • Hosted by a City-selected “camp host”
  • Code of Conduct
  • Restrooms and sanitation provided
  • Church parking lots OK when in partnership with City

Shelter


How to request permanent removal and/or clean-up of a camp

All requests will be sent to the City of Portland’s One Point of Contact for review.


Definitions

City-sanctioned Organized Camp: A group of campers who have entered into a temporary use agreement or permit with the City for a specific City-owned or leased space; have a City-agreed upon Code of Conduct; and will be provided additional support by the city (i.e. trash pick-up, portable toilets, etc.).

Permanent Campsite Removal: Action taken by a landowner (private or public, including the City of Portland) to restore land to its public use and clean-up the location. This includes, but is not limited to, picking up and disposing of debris, garbage, waste and biohazards. The notification and posting protocols will be in accordance with the Anderson Agreement.