Bend, OR

Unsanctioned homeless camps driving longtime residents out of Bend, OR

Robbie Newport

While people may associate Portland with exceptionally bad homeless news stories, the upscale city across the Cascade Mountains called Bend, is also appearing on the infamous scene. Unsanctioned mass homeless camps have taken root in the woods (Deschutes County Forest) on the outskirts of the city in southeast Bend by China Hat Road.

We learn the details from a KTVZ article by Blake Mayfield on Dec. 6, which highlights through an article and a video how badly managed the homeless camps have become around China Hat Rd. These camps have RVs, vehicles, tons of garbage, and makeshift structures out in the woods along walking trails and areas for public use. They have been allowed to stay for three and a half years and now have no trespassing signs on the property around their camps.

The article interviews a 35-year Bend resident who lives near China Hat Road in southeast Bend, who has decided to move his family out of Bend and Oregon because of this issue. He explains how the area has become unsafe and disruptive because of the homeless encampments and how authorities have dealt with the issue poorly.

Camping in the area is restricted to 14 days the article explains. Why this restriction hasn’t been enforced is a question the leadership of Bend should address, as tax revenue comes from the residents being harassed and disrupted by their inept leadership.

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