- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) - Umatilla will now ban people from living in tents through an ordinance meant to target the homeless community.

The East Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/1IJ2l4Y ) that the city council passed the ban unanimously on Tuesday.

City Manager Bob Ward told councilors there are “all sorts of reasons” why someone should not live in a tent.

Ward says volunteers cleaned out a homeless camp in April but that camps have been popping up in other places ever since. He says volunteers found evidence of illegal activity during the cleanup.

The rule bans camping on public property aside from campgrounds or pre-approved youth group activities. It also outlaws camping on private property without the permission of the owner. Even with permission, the person can’t pitch a tent with the intent of establishing living quarters.


Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.com

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