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'Nothing short of a humanitarian catastrophe': Portland mayor proposes controversial ban on unsanctioned encampments

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

On Friday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced a five-point plan to address the city's homelessness crisis, including a citywide ban on unsanctioned encampments.

"The magnitude and the depth of the homeless crisis in our city is nothing short of a humanitarian catastrophe," Wheeler stated during a Friday press conference. "We need to move our scattered, vulnerable homeless population closer to the services that they need."

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