PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Charlie Hales says the city is trying to buy land so a downtown encampment of about 70 homeless people can move.
The Right 2 Dream Too campers are now at the gate to the city’s Chinatown district. Hales says that land is being sold.
He says the city is negotiating for a plot in an industrial-commercial area on the east side of the Willamette River.
Two years ago, a proposal to move the camp underneath a bridge in the upscale Pearl District in northwest Portland ran into opposition from residents and developers.
In a press release Wednesday, Hales said the camp has shown it can govern itself and be a good neighbor.
He says that on any given night, Portland has 1,700 people living unsheltered. (end)