- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland police have launched an effort to get homeless campers to remove their street camps.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/TiX79c ) that Sgt. Pete Simpson says the enforcement of anti-loitering and camping laws comes after numerous public complaints over large, visible homeless camps. He says the problem may not have worsened but the camps are more visible to the public during the longer days and warmer weather of approaching summer.

The newspaper says sweeps of camps along the city’s waterfront are common this time of year.

Simpson says the enforcement that began Tuesday in southeast Portland will expand to other areas over the next couple of weeks. He says officers will work with neighborhood response teams and mental health groups, trying to pair homeless campers with available services.

However, homeless activist Ibrahim Mubarak, co-founder of homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too, says the effort is just pushing people from visible places to invisible places.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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