Months after clearing a camp, Portland stills has tons of of homeless tents

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine State Trooper Connor Willard handed out rubbish luggage to homeless campers within the park-and-ride lot on Marginal Approach on Wednesday morning, telling them they’d should squeeze 50-or-so tents into the jap finish of the lot by Thursday.

That’s when the Maine Division of Transportation plans on briefly dividing the lot in half: one for vehicles and one for campers.

The 50-yard transfer to the opposite finish of the lot is the most recent reshuffling of Portland’s homeless inhabitants which started in Could when officers cleared a big encampment from the Bayside Path. With one other clearance impending at a Frederick Road tent village, campers, close by enterprise homeowners and homeless advocates say the Bayside clearance did little to deal with town’s homelessness conundrum and easily scattered individuals to different peninsula camps.