New details on ADA lawsuit against Portland finds Multnomah County gave thousands of tents and tarps to homeless campers

PORTLAND, Ore. — Early last month, a group of ten Portlanders with mobility disabilities sued the city over tents blocking the sidewalks. The lawsuit claims the city is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Federal Rehabilitation Act. 

The lawyers behind the lawsuit recently found Multnomah County’s Joint Office of Homeless Services gave 6,550 tents and 27,000 tarps to people experiencing homelessness in 2021. The lawyers are now arguing those tents could be the ones making it nearly impossible for people with mobility disabilities to safely navigate the sidewalks.

The city has since responded to the lawsuit by requesting Multnomah County, Metro and

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