PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Homeless campers on North Greeley Avenue could soon be cleared out, but not if one man has a say about it.
Richard Rubin, who has been living at the camp on North Greeley underneath Overlook Park since June, said that he wants to work with the city, non-profits and the neighborhood association to find a solution. He wants to have this part of North Greeley designated as a space for homeless to set up.
“We’d really like to work this out for this location to make this a model for other viable pieces of land,” Rubin said.
By Thursday, Oregon Department of Transportation could take enforcement action against those living at the camp, which is on private property owned by the state.
Don Hamilton, a spokesperson for ODOT, says that ODOT has taken enforcement actions throughout the state to remove homeless camps that set up on private ODOT property.
“These areas are inherently unsafe,” Hamilton said. “This is why they are posted no trespassing…this is why they are posted no camping. We’ve got to make sure that we preserve the safety of the public and that we don’t have injuries or worse in this area.”