The return of large homeless sweeps

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has a new plan when it comes to addressing large homeless encampments – and it sure sounds much like the city’s old plan –– sweep the people out and remove all the tents and belongings.
In many ways, it’s a return to an old policy.
On the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, we chat with Nicole Hayden, who covers homelessness for The Oregonian and OregonLive.
We talked about why the mayor believes these sweeps are necessary and a good policy move, where people are ending up, what advocates have to say about the policy and the potential ripple effects from the plan that started in earnest in Old town Chinatown last month.
A quick note – You will hear some construction noise in the background behind Nicole. starting about 10 minutes into our conversation. We’ve been doing this podcast remotely since March 2020, and sometimes things just happen out of our control. We always try our best.
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