Portland’s “woke” Mayor Ted Wheeler has caved in a doomed effort to try to save the Democrats in the looming midterms.
Democrat Wheeler says he will now ban unsanctioned homeless encampments in the overwhelmed city, calling the crisis “a vortex of misery for all involved.”
“The magnitude and the depth of the homeless crisis in our city is nothing short of a humanitarian catastrophe,” Wheeler said.
“We need to move our scattered, vulnerable homeless population closer to the services that they need.”
“Collectively, this is a vortex of misery for all involved,” he added.
Wheeler plans to move unhoused people to designated campsites after the ban on camping on city streets takes effect. Portland’s woke-topia is falling apart. Mayor Ted Wheeler announced he wants to ban homeless encampments & 81% of voters think the George Floyd protests were disastrous for the city. https://t.co/1xJJcM3gkR — OutKick (@Outkick) October 24, 2022 “Under the measures, social workers would direct people camping on the street to the city’s designated camping sites,” Wheeler said, according to the AP .
“Police could arrest or cite people if they refuse to leave.”
But the citations could be waived as part of a “services diversion program” that would allow people cited for low-level offenses, such as violating the camping ban, to receive mental health or substance abuse treatment instead of jail time.Scott Kerman, executive director of Blanchet House, a Portland nonprofit that provides social services for the homeless said the plan “has some positive elements but there remain a lot of unanswered questions and unknown details.” Slay the latest News for free! “We’re serving people that even in the most extreme winter and summer weather conditions will not seek out emergency shelter because they have such PTSD and anxiety about congregate shelter,” Kerman said.“They have felt unsafe in those environments.“They may have even been […]
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