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Homelessness Toolkit

City of Portland

Camping Response

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

When camps are cleaned up, campers are provided at least 24 hours advanced written notice before the City comes to clean the area. In practice, the time it takes for the City to respond to any given area is anywhere from 24-72 hours before cleaning the campground and removing any property left behind. The City will store valuable property from camps for up to 30 days so that people can retrieve their belongings.


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.

How to report a camp in the City for cleanup and removal

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

The City's One Point of Contact reviews all reports submitted and notifies the appropriate authorities for coordinated campsite cleanup. The City works with all property owning bureaus as well as private vendors to clean the site as quickly and compassionately as possible.

Central City Concern's Clean Start program (CS PDX) is one of the first responders to many of the reports that are received through the City's One Point of Contact. They go to an area that has been reported, assist campers in cleaning their area, pass out trash bags, work out regular trash pickup, take pictures, and provide an objective assessment of the campsite while keeping track of the amount of garbage and materials removed. CS PDX also manages a day use storage unit in downtown Portland that helps individuals experiencing homelessness to transition into permanent housing by providing a place for them to safely store their belongings.

For more information on Central City Concern, visit their website here.


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.).

Organized, City Sanctioned Camping

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

Dignity Village City Contract

 

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