New Rules Create Further Complications for the Homeless

Regulations for Bend’s unhoused population go into effect


Bend has a considerable homeless population. According to, “there are nearly 1,000 people who are experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon on any given night.” 

This year, in March, Bend created a new camping code, restricting homeless camps and those who are unhoused. Some of these new regulations include: no permanent structures, tents or materials used for shelters, nothing can be added to cars unless they are made for that purpose and, after 24 hours, a camp must be moved at least one block for at least 72 hours. These new camp code restrictions are going to greatly affect the homeless. On May 11 a homeless camp was moved after its occupants violated many of the new regulations.