It allowed homeless people to unroll a sleeping bag or unfurl a tarp between 9pm and 7am on city sidewalks and also allowed camping in some specific areas of the city, but there was a backlash. The mayor said they never made sleeping on the sidewalk legal.
The policy was supposed to be a temporary measure while the city worked to create more temporary housing and dovetailed with the city's declaration of a state of emergency for homelessness.
Portland has about 1,800 homeless people and needs 1,000 shelter beds, Hales said... The city has created 450 new shelter beds, expanded its emergency housing capacity and earmarked $250 million for affordable housing, he added.