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City releases list of possible homeless camp sites

by: KOIN NEWS 6 - The city looking for a new location for the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp.Chris Hooker lives in a nice new house just off MLK on NE Sacramento, and the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp has identified the lot right across the street as a place they’d like to move the camp to.

“This is nothing but clean living here, and I’m speaking for the neighborhood, also,” he told KOIN 6 News. “The neighborhood, they’re not going for it. I don’t think it’d be a good idea to bring that much traffic and that much homeless stuff around here.”

This is one of 22 locations considered for the Right 2 Dream Too camp, reported by the Willamette Week after they got the list through a Freedom of Information Act request. Finding a new spot for the homeless camp may not be as easy a process as it sounds.

On Feb. 19, Portland city leaders OK’d a plan to give nearly $900,000 of private money to help move the Right 2 Dream Too camp currently on Burnside. That night, Commissioner Amanda Fritz said the camp will be prohibited from being in a residential area in its next spot.

The City of Portland will manage the money on behalf of the homeless camp, which will be used to find a new location.

Bringing homeless campers so close to an established neighborhood is a risky proposition, Chris Hooker said, and pointed out the camp would be right next door to a drug and alcohol recovery program.

Another possible new camp: a commercial space indoor for lease at Northwest 18th Avenue and Johnson Street. It’s a reasonably priced warehouse space Right 2 Dream Too would have to lease.

Two men inside an architecture firm across the street told KOIN 6 News they hadn’t heard of the plan, but hey are used to homeless people sleeping under the I-405 bridge three blocks away and eating at a church up the street.