Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler floats unsure effort to ban homeless road tenting, push unsheltered into drug therapy


Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will present an ambitious — and far from certain — proposal that seeks to lay the groundwork to ban unauthorized homeless camps in months to get more vulnerable people seeking addiction or mental health treatments to seek and create thousands of new affordable housing units over the next decade.

The moonshot efforts to tame Portland’s deepening humanitarian crisis are included in a series of proposed resolutions the mayor plans to announce at a news conference Friday and then present to the city council next week, according to draft documents and interviews with city hall staff .