Founders of a Portland homeless community are considering a city offer to move into a vacant warehouse.
Right 2 Dream Too has been on a lot in Portland’s Old Town for two years. An earlier deal would have moved the camp under the Broadway Bridge. Now, Mayor Charlie Hales has offered a site at Northwest 4th Avenue and Hoyt Street.
A spokesman for Hales says the warehouse meets the homeless group’s requirements. It’s close to mass transit and to social service providers.
And it could soon have heat, showers and a wheelchair ramp.
Right 2 Dream Too founder, Ibrahim Mubarak, says the site is feasible, but he’s concerned about what happens after fifteen months. That’s the length of the $10,ooo-a-month lease that the city has negotiated with the building’s owner.
“Do we just get this building that they’re saying is nice and warm for fifteen months and then the rest of our lives we’re in the cold outside?” Mubarak wonders.
Hales’ spokesman says that If Right 2 Dream Too and the city can agree, the new building could be ready as early as January 1.
OPB | Feb. 22, 2017