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Homeless camp relocation meeting set for Jan. 30


RSVP to meeting required by Wednesday

The city will hold a community meeting on relocating the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp from Old Town to a vacant lot near the rail lines in Southeast Portland on Saturday, Jan. 30th.

The meeting will be led by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who has taken the lead on the relocation project. Mayor Charlie Hales is scheduled to attend.

The meeting is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Philip Neri Church, 2408 S.E. 16th Ave. Although it is a public meeting, the city says questions are welcome but testimony will not be taken.

Fritz and Hales have already announced their intent to relocate the camp from its current location under the China Gate at Northwest 4th Avenue and Burnside Street a parcel at Southeast 3rd Avenue and Harrison Street. The city purchased the property from the Oregon Department of Transportation with a portion of the nearly $900,000 donated by Old Town property owners for the relocation.

The relocation is opposed by neighborhood and business associations in the area. They say allowing the homeless to camp outside is inhumane, and the Southeast Portland location has limited utilities and is far from social service agencies.

According to the meeting notice, topics to be covered include upcoming City Council hearings addressing steps necessary for the relocation to occur, including the plan for the site, a street vacation request, and zoning considerations. The hearings are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4.

The meeting is happening as the city has eased restriction on camping on public property. The city is no allowing homeless camps, provided criminal activity is not occurring. The change is controversial, especially in the Overlook Neighborhood, where a number of camps have been established over the fall and winter.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Jan. 27 to Claire Adamsick, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503.823.3021.