City of Portland launches animated map that tracks homeless camps
PORTLAND, Ore. —
The City of Portland has launched an animated map updated weekly to track homeless camps.
Officials say it shows that while the number of camps have increased, the populations of each camp have gone down.
"Last summer, there was a huge congregation of homeless people on the Springwater Corridor, with 300 or even 400 people. When you get campers in those numbers, there are negative impacts on public health, public safety the environment," Michael Cox, communications director for Mayor Ted Wheeler said.
The city gets as many as 600 calls a week about the homeless. It's pointing its efforts at problems like used needles, trash and camp proximity to schools.