PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Leah Clause said she’s called police 3 times about the homeless men parked outside her home in Northeast Portland, including once when they were banging on her door while her children tried to sleep.
“I’ve been staying outside with my kids in the backyard because they can’t play out in the backyard,” Clause told KOIN 6 News.
She is scared for her children and said the men tried to lure her daughter into their trailer to watch TV.
“I just recently called police after they told my daughter they have a TV in their trailer and she could come in and watch it,” she said.
They’ve been parked outside the home at NE 55th and Alberta for about 2 weeks.
“I’ve caught them looking in my kids’ windows, waved,” Clause told KOIN 6 News. “As a parent I am scared.”
Portland city enforcement officials said they have records of neighbors calling to get the trailer towed, but it’s on their list of more than 1000 problem vehicles in the city. It could take weeks before the tow truck arrives.
The men said they’ve been gathering materials in the Cully neighborhood. “We are building a tiny home from stuff we gather,” one of the men, Jordan Bilyeu, said. They plan to put a second story on top of their trailer, right on the street.
When told it’s illegal to put a home on the street, Bilyeu said, “There are lots of things that are illegal but are not enforced, like wearing patent leather shoes on Sunday.”
Bilyeu told KOIN 6 News there is a “lack of understanding and fear of new things are issues for some people.” They also deny they harassed Clause or tried to lure her children.
As KOIN 6 News spoke with Clause, the men approached her and said they will go someplace else.
“I will likely go by Friday,” Bilyeu said. “Hopefully.”
But neighbors told KOIN 6 News they’ve said that before.
This is not the first time Leah Clause has had to call the city about homeless people living in a trailer right outside her home. A similar situation happened in 2014.