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Salem May Outlaw Sitting On Sidewalks In Homeless Crackdown

Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal
Salem is considering banning sitting or lying on sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Salem is poised to outlaw sitting and lying on city sidewalks from dawn to dusk.

But the city is taking its chances with such a proposal after a Multnomah County court ruled a similar Portland ordinance was unconstitutional several years ago.

No public hearing is scheduled on the plan, but city councilors could vote Monday to hold one.

City Hall has been ramping up efforts to deal with homelessness this year. In July, the city kicked off a multi-million-dollar homeless rental assistance program with the aim of getting the city’s “most vulnerable” homeless into safe housing.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.