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Portland to require private property owners to ‘welcome’ the ‘unhoused’

Members of Portland, Oregon’s Planning and Sustainability Commission want property owners besieged by homeless vagrants to “provide opportunities to rest and be welcome.”

What that means isn’t exactly clear.

“Just one of the realities of Portland right now is that we have a lot of folks who are unhoused who benefit from some of these spaces that provide weather protection,” Commissioner Oriana Magnera said at a meeting last month.

Magnera talked about “some spaces with overhangs where someone could pitch a tent or rest longer term.”

On Nov. 12, the commission narrowly approved new language for the city’s design review process that would require developments “provide opportunities to rest and be welcome,” despite concerns from some about the vague phrasing, KATU reports.

“What does it mean to rest?” commission Chairwoman Katherine Schultz questioned. “Am I providing a place to sleep?”

Read the full story from The American Mirror

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