PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A developer may give nearly $900,000 to the city to move the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp from its current location on Burnside.
In exchange, developer Homer Williams is expected to buy property under the Broadway Bridge – property the homeless camp previously wanted but will not get once Williams buys it.
Under terms of a deal expected to be formalized Wednesday, the Portland City Council would accept $896,000 from Williams to help move the camp.
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz said giving the camp money to move might solve one problem but create another as the camp looks for a new place to call home.
“That will be the next challenge which will be to find a new site, where the use is allowed by right and where it’s accessible to jobs and services and transit,” said Fritz.
Right 2 Dream Too co-founder Ibrahim Mubarek told KOIN 6 News he is happy his group has new money to money, but said they’re having to leave a centralized location that is close to many of the services homeless people need.
He said they don’t want to have to move somewhere outside the immediate downtown area, “but we may have to do something similar to that.”
Many Pearl District residents objected to relocating the camp to their neighborhood.
In October, more than 200 people signed up to testify at the Portland City Council hearing on the Right 2 Dream Too camp move to the Broadway Bridge.
The people who live and work in the Pearl District were upset. One Pearl District resident said at that time the rent-free homeless camp will affect parking and said the “city is hell bent to create a slum.”
If all goes according to this latest plan, Right 2 Dream Too gets money to move, downtown developer Homer Williams gets to buy the parking area under the Broadway Bridge and Pearl District condo owners won’t have a homeless camp in their neighborhood.