City releases list of possible homeless camp sites
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 theyd like to move the camp to.
This is nothing but clean living here, and Im speaking for the neighborhood, also, he told KOIN 6 News. The neighborhood, theyre not going for it. I dont think itd 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 OKd 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. Its 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 hadnt 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.