PORTLAND – City council chambers were packed Thursday as leaders took up a controversial proposal to move a well-known homeless camp from Portland's Old Town to the Pearl District.
More than 100 people signed up to testify before the Portland City Council as the meeting began just after 2 p.m.
The Right 2 Dream Too camp has been at West Burnside Street and Northwest 4th Avenue since it was created two years ago. A deal to move the camp to the Pearl District has some neighbors upset.
Background: Deal reached to move Old Town homeless camp
Commissioner Amanda Fritz brokered a deal to move the camp under the Broadway Bridge and city commissioners were expected to sign off on the move, which could happen by the end of the month.
"The hearing today is only a piece of an ongoing discussion about how we compassionately care for people who live outside," Fritz said at Thursday's meeting.
There are 60 people living in the camp, but the new location would accommodate up to 100 people and provide electricity, water and portable toilets for one year.
Some neighbors in the Pearl District complained that they didn't get a chance to weigh in on the move. They even threatened to sue the city over it.
One area resident testified, "You will be hurting more people than helping by moving Right 2 Dream Too."
Another said that it would be like "having 100 strangers living in your back yard."
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