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Portland Homeless Camp Clears Final Hurdle For Move


Mike Summers washes dishes at Right 2 Dream Too. Members of the camp are required to do an hour of chores a week and are trained to speak publicly about homelessness. 

Mike Summers washes dishes at Right 2 Dream Too. Members of the camp are required to do an hour of chores a week and are trained to speak publicly about homelessness. 

Amelia Templeton/OPB

The Portland City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to move the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp to a city-owned lot.   

The new site, near the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge, resolves years of uncertainty over the camp’s future.   

Mayor Charlie Hales and three commissioners voted in favor of the move. Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman once walked out of a council vote on the homeless camp, but said Right 2 Dream Too’s clean record won him over.  

“They have really proven myself — and many others who were skeptical about their ability to maintain alcohol and drug free operations, to maintain a good environment in and around the neighborhood — they’ve proven me and other people wrong,” Saltzman said.  

Homeless people in the audience clapped as Saltzman cast his vote.  

Commissioner Nick Fish, a longtime affordable housing advocate, cast the only no vote.  

The camp’s new site is on industrially zoned land next to a metal-plating business. Fish said sheltering homeless people there violates the city’s zoning codes and poses a safety risk.  

The city plans to build showers, bathrooms and a laundry facility for the homeless at the new site.  

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