PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland City Council was scheduled to vote Thursday on moving the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp from Chinatown to a piece of land on the east side, near OMSI. But, the hearing was canceled because of “unavoidable life events among Council — illness, etc.,” according to Mayor Charlie Hales’ spokesperson. The hearing has been rescheduled to February 18.
Meanwhile, the Portland Business Alliance continues to fight the move and raise concerns about the number of homeless encampments popping up throughout the city.
“We need to be providing people with safe, indoor places to go.”
Sandra McDonough is the President and CEO of the PBA. She is concerned about the number of needles and human bio-hazards members of the Clean and Safe crew are finding on downtown streets.
“We’re talking about dangerous health conditions,” McDonough tells KOIN 6 News.
Even though Hales is seeking millions of dollars to address the homeless problem, the emergency seems to be at a breaking point. Businesses have closed because of the issue, police seized five rifles from a homeless camp in Northwest and in Seattle, three homeless teenagers are accused of a deadly shooting at a camp over drugs. That is sending shock waves throughout the Rose City.
“We need to be finding places that are inside, safe, warm and dry for people to be staying in,” says McDonough.