Homeless v. Portland on ‘Right 2 Dream Too’ site

Homeless campers set up the 'Right to Dream' site on Burnside in Portland (KOIN 6 News,. file)
Homeless campers set up the "Right 2 Dream Too" site on Burnside in Portland (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Homeless people staying in a camp on Burnside are suing the city of Portland claiming the “Right 2 Dream Too” encampment should be considered an emergency rest area for them.

City officials have been fining the people at the site for violating camping ordinances.

“We have a good shelter that’s keeping people off the street, at least 90 people a night,” said Ibrahim Mubarak with Right 2 Dream Too. “We’re keeping the crime down. People are getting educated, going back to school. People are finding work.”

Mubarak said the fines now are up to more than $20,000.

One of the problems was the height of a fence created using wood doors. Campers said they’ve shortened it and are now in compliance with the law. Campers also said their encampment is on privately owned land.

The judge who heard the case Thursday morning expects to render a decision within two weeks.

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