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Portland Considers “Mandatory Rest Spaces” For The Homeless On Private Property

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Portland,
Oregon, like many cities on the left coast, is struggling with a
growing homelessness crisis. But what can they do about it? One idea
that’s now being floated is to change the building codes so that
all new structures (including private property, not just government
buildings) include spaces for people to “rest” and “feel
welcome and safe.” This understandably has prospective property
owners concerned, since the wording is all quite vague and suggests
that they will be forced to allow the homeless to camp in and around
their buildings. (KATU News) The Planning and Sustainability
Commission is hoping to define its guidelines that are spurring
controversy. Some worry a change to the city of Portland’s design
review process to allow people to “rest” on private property
could lead to camping. On Nov. 12, the commission narrowly approved a
change to the design process language to say, “Provide
opportunities to rest and be welcome.” Oriana Magnera introduced
the idea

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