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Sun Dec 8, 2019, 08:24 AM

Salem official eyes organized camping for people who live in vehicles

As city of Salem staff hunt for a place where homeless residents may legally set up tents, staff may also soon look for a place for cars, too.

Councilor Chris Hoy on Monday plans to ask staff to report back on how Salem can organize a place to camp for people who live in their vehicles. A draft of Hoy’s motion can be viewed online.

“Currently, many Salem residents experiencing homelessness live out of their cars or recreational vehicles,” the motion said. “There are few legal options for these residents to locate and maintain their vehicle for any period of time.”

Camping in cars also may impact neighborhoods and businesses, the motion said, with litter and the “unintended use of right-of-way as living space.”

Read more: https://www.salemreporter.com/posts/1577/salem-official-eyes-organized-camping-for-people-who-live-in-vehicles

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