A homeless camp in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood is moving. That announcement comes ahead of a deadline Friday to leave its current location.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Thursday that the camp known as Right 2 Dream Too will relocate to an area between the Moda Center and the Willamette River.
“Solutions around locating R2DToo have eluded the City for years, and it was unclear if this time would be any different,” said Mayor Wheeler in a prepared statement. “I want to thank the residents and representatives of R2DToo, Commissioners Fritz and Saltzman, and our respective staffs for sticking with it. Their dedication to collaboration and problem solving made all the difference.”
The Portland Bureau of Transportation owns the property.
The city’s announcement says the camp will have 60 days to make the move. It will be allowed to use the site near the Moda Center for up to two years.
A statement from the camps organizers said they’re cooperating with the move. R2DToo leaders expressed frustration at the years of effort to find a permanent home.
“Three times we found a reasonable relocation site and three times we were turned away by individuals, businesses and organizations who, out of ignorance and fear, refused to accept our presence, even as we committed to continuing to be good and safe neighbors,” the statement read.
R2DToo leaders said they were grateful for the support residents have received over the years and are looking for financial support as they prepare to move. The new site near the Moda Center is not ideal, in R2DToo’s view.
“Our new home, will not be close enough for people to walk around the corner or down the block for breakfast as they can now,” said the statement, “but will be a short Max ride away.”
The announcement drew a cautious response from the property’s most high-profile neighbor, the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers play a few hundred yards away at the Moda Center.
“We are aware of the recent agreement to temporarily move Right 2 Dream Too to a plot of land owned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, adjacent to the Rose Quarter,” the Trail Blazers said in a statement released to OPB by Vice President of Corporate Communications Michael Lewellen. “We are working closely with city officials to ensure that this decision has minimal effect on our events and the surrounding neighborhood.”