The Coastal Packet: More homeless campsites in Portland than ever

Monday, July 27

More homeless campsites in Portland than ever

Press Herald - People who work with the homeless say there are more campers this summer than they’ve ever seen before. “People are getting pushed farther and farther into the woods because there are more people camping out,” said Donna Yellen, chief program officer at Preble Street, a soup kitchen and resource center for homeless people. Campsites that were once occupied by five or six people now have 15 or 20. The camps have sprung up in new places on the outskirts of the city because prized in-town sites are occupied or have been developed.

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