Portland’s Joint Office of Homeless Services says it helped about 60 homeless people move off of the Springwater Corridor trail in August.
But hundreds remain camped on the bike and pedestrian path, and the city plans to send police, security guards and inmate work crews to move them early Thursday.
Outreach workers have helped people on the Springwater move into apartments, motels and homeless shelters, according to the Joint Office.
About 20 people, mostly couples with pets, have moved into the Hansen Shelter in East Portland. The county recently opened that shelter in an old Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office headquarters.
Eight people living on the Springwater received tickets to travel to other cities where they have family or friends.
But most of the city’s homeless shelters are largely full. Human Solutions and Multnomah County plan to open a new women’s shelter in Gresham in September and anticipate some of the 90 beds there will be available for women who’ve been living on the bike path.
A spokesman for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says police and park rangers will be posted along 14 miles of the Springwater this week when the camps are cleared to stop people from moving further down the trail.