Liberal City Wants Private Property Owners To Add ‘Mandatory Rest Spaces’ For The Homeless


Portland, Oregon is now considering “mandatory rest spaces” for the homeless on private property in their city.

As the Conservative news site, Hot Air pointed out that, further in the committee’s discussions are indications that it does intend to force business owners to accommodate those who are “underserved” by the city’s public housing. The committee reportedly considered “how private development can provide places for people to feel welcome and safe, as well as allow space for people to rest, especially in light of our current housing shortage.”

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Portland, Oregon, like many other notably “blue” cities, is not immune to a growing homelessness problem. Like San Francisco, California, and Seattle, Washington, Portland is overrun with people sleeping rough, many of whom suffer from drug addiction and mental illness.

There are humane ways to handle the homelessness problem but, it seems, a Portland city commission would rather change Portland’s building codes in order to force private property owners to accommodate members of Portland’s homeless population, according to local media.

The city’s “planning and sustainability commission,” which writes and enforces the city’s building codes, approved a change to building guidelines in November that would require new constuction to feature “opportunities to rest and be welcome” for those who do not number among that building’s residents or customers.

The requirement can be read a number of ways, but at least one member of the Portland planning and sustainability commission was clear to local reporters that the requirement is to the benefit of the city’s “unhoused,” who are often kicked off of private property for loitering, sleeping, or camping — as is (typically) a private property owner’s right. More

There’s a plan. Legislate individuals to compromise their private property in order to compensate for the failures of the elected officials, in an unmanageable misguided proposal to solve the mental health and drug abuse crisis that is euphemistically referred to as “homelessness.”

Portland, as many other Liberal run cities are doing, is trying to solve its homeless problem by enacting laws that attract them. But then, no one ever accused the left of allowing commonsense to overrule emotional thinking.

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