Contractors for the Oregon Department of Transportation cleared several camps near the Bend Parkway and Revere Avenue on Monday.
Since last week, ODOT has been clearing multiple homeless camps on its properties near U.S. Highway 97. The agency has cited safety concerns for the campers as the reason why, with the main concern being debris from snow plowing hitting homeless people camped alongside the highway.
Activists and homeless advocates have criticized the actions, given that there is not enough shelters in town to house dozens of campers who are now displaced.
In total, roughly three- to four-dozen camps of people will be displaced, according to initial estimates from ODOT spokesperson Peter Murphy.