Press Herald - State highway crews have dismantled as many as two dozen homeless encampments while clearing brush alongside Interstate 295 and its access ramps in Portland during the past month.
The occupants were given 24 hours’ notice to clear out before the campsites were destroyed and hauled away, officials said. It’s unclear how many of the campsites were being used.
Advocates for the homeless said the clearing was done without input from the nearby social services agency, as has been done in the past. It also comes as social workers have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of homeless people sleeping outside, rather than in the city’s emergency homeless shelter.