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Portland's anti-camping law looks like it will remain standing.

The city and the Oregon Law Center say they plan to settle a four-year battle over the law.

As part of the settlement, the city will pay $3200 to the six homeless residents who brought the suit.

Oregon Law Center attorney, Monica Goracke, says the city has also made concessions to the homeless population.

"They'll have more advance warning that they might need to move their campsite location. And if they are away from their belongings and the city comes and removes them, they'll have a much better chance of ultimately being able to recover them," Goracke says.

Housing commissioner Nick Fish says the settlement essentially codifies existing practice.

"For some time the police have been allowing people to sleep outside provided they didn't set up a structure. And providing they remove their property in the morning and they weren't in high traffic, high visibility areas," Fish says.

On any given night in Portland, at least 1800 people sleep outside.

The city council will vote on the settlement Wednesday.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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