City, Pearl Dist. make progress in fight over homeless camp

City, Pearl Dist. make progress in fight over homeless camp

City, Pearl Dist. make progress in fight over homeless camp

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by Mike Benner

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Posted on October 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

PORTLAND, Ore ... The Right to Dream Too homeless camp has been at the corner of 4th and Burnside since October 2011.  By all accounts, they have been good neighbors.

"There's been no calls for police service," said Commissioner Amanda Fritz.  "They're drug free, alcohol free, and weapons free."

Fritz says the camp has never applied for the proper permits.  She suggested moving the camp to a city-owned space under the Broadway Bridge.

"We have an ongoing challenge of how are we going to take care of people who don't have enough money to have an apartment or home here in Portland," said Fritz.

Since the proposal went public, the Pearl District Neighborhood Association and local developers have been crying foul.  They have even threatened to sue the city.

At a public hearing Thursday they pledged to help find a legitimate space for the camp.

"If we can put roofs over that head instead of tents I think everyone would be better off," said Christe White, who represents the neighborhood association and developers.

White says her clients are already hard at work.  It is a show of faith not going unnoticed by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

"We're going to give the folks in the Pearl District and others a chance to step up and help with a community problem," said Hales.  "Homelessness is everybody's problem."

 

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