Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says he has found a permanent place to relocate Right 2 Dream Too, a homeless community that is living downtown.
The city is negotiating to buy an empty lot in the Central Eastside, near the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, for the camp. The site, at Southeast Third Avenue and Harrison Street, is owned by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
A spokeswoman for OMSI said the museum has no comment at this time, and leaders of the Hosford-Abernethy Neighorhood Association did not respond to a request for comment.
The camp currently occupies a small lot near Portland’s Chinatown gate. No one at the camp today was authorized to speak for the group.
But several neighbors said they will be sad to see Right 2 Dream Too go.
“They’ve been great neighbors, honestly. They’re courteous and clean. I was next to a really bad bar and pizza shop in California. That was a nightmare. This is not a nightmare,” said Charles Mattouck, who owns Charlie’s Deli next door to the camp.
Katten Bush, who owns a carpet shop called Kat & Mouche across the street from Right 2 Dream Too, agreed.
“They helped us hang our sign, and they’ve been generally kind and helpful,” she said.
Right 2 Dream Too provides shelter to 70 homeless people a night, on average. The city estimates around 1700 people in Portland are without shelter on any given night.
Mayor Hales said he hopes to have a deal to buy land for the camp finalized by mid-May according to his spokesman, Dana Haynes.