Virgil Simons, 36, pets his dog while sitting outside his tent in Marion Square Park under the Marion Street Bridge on Front Street NE in Salem, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Simmons has been homeless in Salem for 23 years.

Virgil Simons, 36, pets his dog while sitting outside his tent in Marion Square Park under the Marion Street Bridge on Front Street NE in Salem, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Simmons has been homeless in Salem for 23 years.

Michaela Román/Statesman Journal

Salem is banning local volunteers from feeding the homeless under the Marion Street bridge, halting the longstanding tradition at the same time as city officials prepare to clear out campers at the bridge by Tuesday.

City Manager Steve Powers told the Statesman Journal he has asked Salem’s public works director to stop issuing permits for distributing food “until an evaluation of impacts on city property is completed.”

“The evaluation will include input from those who have been issued permits in the past,” Powers said.

Jimmy Jones, executive director of the nearby Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, said volunteers who have hosted dinnertime meals at the bridge will be allowed to do so on the ARCHES Project parking lot starting this weekend.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.