New Lents neighbor group protests homeless camp

Protesters say the camp at SE Lafayette and 88th is dangerous

Lents Neighbors for Justice protest a homeless camp in their area. (KOIN)
Lents Neighbors for Justice protest a homeless camp in their area. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Neighbors in Lents are trying to call attention to what they say is a dangerous homeless camp.

The protest was organized by Thomas Legg with Lents Neighbors for Justice.

The camp is set up near SE Lafayette between 88th and 90th and the people who live nearby say police haven’t done anything to clear out the camp.

Protesters say as many as 50 people have been camping in the area since February.

Neighbors in Lents have held a series of rallies to draw attention to the homeless problem in their area. Legg said the new group they’ve created already has about 250 members.

Protesters say there is a high school and senior care facility near the camp, which causes them concern.

“The issues are the livability and the safety for the neighbors,” Legg said. “We really feel sorry for the neighbors. It’s an incredible amount of garbage and trash and hoarded items.”

Portland Police have not yet responded to a request for comment on the situation.

 

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