The Portland City Council has approved a deal to help the Right 2 Dream Too homeless community relocate.
The homeless camp has been on a lot Portland’s Old Town for two years.
In a complex deal, the City Council helped a pair of hotel developers save money securing parking downtown for a new Marriott hotel.
In exchange, the developers contributed about $850,000 to the city to help the homeless camp relocate.
Commissioner Nick Fish says the deal does not settle the question of where Right 2 Dream Too will go.
“You know the old adage, we’ve signed off the documents, but now all the hard work begins. We’re going to have to find a suitable space, we’re going to have to negotiate the terms, we’re going to have to continue to work out the kinks,” Fish said.
Commissioner Dan Saltzman has said he opposed the deal, and left shortly before the vote. The remaining council members all voted for it.
Ibrahim Mubarak, a spokesman for Right 2 Dream Too, called the deal a moral victory. He said it showed that homeless people can successfully stand up for their rights.