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Portland Council Considers Relocation Of Homeless Camp

A public hearing is underway at Portland City Hall over the re-location of the homeless camp, “Right 2 Dream Too.”

The city has proposed moving the camp to a lot under the Broadway Bridge. City officials say this would not require land use or design reviews or building permits.

But at Thursday’s hearing, several residents of the adjacent Station Place Tower said they have health and safety concerns about the camp. Others told council members that a tent city is not a solution to homelessness.

Brad Gibson is Vice Chair of Right 2 Dream Too. He supports the camp’s move. He says it’s not meant to solve homelessness.

“It’s supposed to be a grassroots, non-traumatic way of reintroducing yourself into getting housing,” Gibson said.

Gibson says Right 2 Dream Too is a transitional camp where people can get clean and sleep safely.

Council members are scheduled to vote on the camp’s move Thursday night.