BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Commissioners are starting to formulate an ordinance to remove or ticket homeless people who camp on county property. In recent years, many transients have had to be removed from the Juniper Ridge area on the north side of Bend.
Commissioner Tony DeBone says a new state law dictates that communities must come up with humane ways to deal with their homeless populations. "What it is is the sheriff's department sees people settling into a piece of property, there's solid waste and they're making a mess, how do we deal with it? We have to have codes and ordinances to deal with them about having the authority to site you." The county determined that the Property Facilities Department is the agency that will oversee how this ordinance would be carried out.