Homeless swept from Springwater settle into new campsites

Hundreds leave Springwater Corridor

PORTLAND, Ore. -- They had to go somewhere.

At its peak, Portland city officials estimated more than 500 people were camping along the long embattled Springwater Corridor.

By the time Thursday’s sweep rolled around, it appeared many had heeded the weeks of warnings and left.

Officials say their staff only had to actively relocate 70-100 campers.

Still, the sentiment among that group was the same.

“Every day, 24/7 people are coming to me asking me if I know where there are any good spots, and I don’t,” said camper Sandra Johannessen.

Throughout the morning Thursday, campers worked with Park Rangers, city officials and nonprofit workers, trying to figure out where they could land next.

Many packed up and just started walking with no plan at all.

By early afternoon though, some indicated they’d found a fallback.

“It’s a small group that’s calmer and quiet,” said Jackie Hooper.

Hooper, who had been living along the Corridor for months, was describing the dozen or so campers tucked inside Brookside Park.

It’s a city-owned wetland maintained and protected by the Bureau of Environmental Services.

A rep for the Bureau said Thursday that protected land surrounding the Springwater Corridor, including Brookside Park, is included in extended plans for Thursday’s sweep, meaning the city will likely clear campers out of such areas in the coming weeks.

He added though, no concrete plan had yet been made for Brookside.

Advocates said that camp is one of “a lot” popping up around the city of Portland.


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