Portland, Ore., Mayor Charlie Hales wants to extend the city's declared housing emergency for several more years, reports Brad Schmidt of The Oregonian.

Extending the emergency would enable the city to waive certain zoning regulations for temporary homeless shelters – a major point of contention today as the City Council moves forward on a 400-bed facility proposed by prominent developer Homer William, writes Schmidt.

He notes that Hales likely doesn't have the votes to extend the emergency declaration.

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