Homeless Camp on the Move from Old Town
Where the camp is expected to move
September 9, 2013, 1:45 pm
By Jeremy Scott
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A deal has been reached between the city and the owner of the land occupied by the 'Right 2 Dream Too' homeless camp to move them from the corner of 4th and West Burnside in Old Town to the Pearl District.
The camp will likely be relocated to a vacant lot owned by the Portland Development Commission under the NW Lovejoy on-ramp to the Broadway Bridge. The parking spaces are currently being used by an apartment building for people 55 and older. A separate deal will have to be worked out to finalize the relocation.
The deal comes after two years of negotiations. A lawsuit against the city dealing with camping on private lots
and fees was dropped in return. Michael Wright and his partners were fined over
$20,000 for allowing the camp.
"I have long believed we need to expand our thinking and approaches to providing safety for the 1,800 people living outside in Portland," said
Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
An average of 60 people per day have been living at the camp without permits since October 2011. The city says 55 have moved into permanent housing and nearly 50 others have jobs.
"They're success in providing a safe place for people to sleep has resulted from self-governance and good management. It is a place where drug/alcohol use and violent behavior is not allowed," Fritz added.
After the homeless are cleared out, the site will be brought into compliance with city code, a fence will be put up with "No Trespassing" signs. The owners plan to sell the property for development.
A R2DT board member says the new site would provide excellent protection from
the elements and is within walking distance to services that the homeless