Oregon lawmakers vote to expedite emergency shelter process

House Bill 2006 will remove barriers to siting shelters by temporarily adjusting land use laws and waiving some design, planning and zoning regulations.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A lack of adequate shelter beds has long plagued Oregon. It was recently estimated that 10,000 people in the state sleep outside on any given night — a number that has likely increased during the pandemic.

But on Monday, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that will make it easier and quicker for communities to create emergency shelters and temporary housing. House Bill 2006, which the Senate passed 26-1, will remove barriers to siting shelters by temporarily adjusting land use laws

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