Homeless advocates ask Portland City Council to reconsider allowing Village of Hope camp

The Village of Hope was evicted from city property off of Airport Way on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – Homeless advocates protested at Wednesday's Portland City Council meeting, asking commissioners to reopen a homeless camp in Northeast Portland.

The American Civil Liberties Union is fully-backing the camp and asking commissioners to work with residents.

Park rangers evicted people from the Village of Hope Friday. The camp started Jan. 17 in the middle of an industrial area on Northeast Airport Way.

Representatives form the camp say it was established as a stable, safe and serviced community.

The ACLU wrote an open letter to the city saying in part, “Effective solutions to houselessness don’t focus on simply pushing people out and saying ‘not here,’ over and over again.”

The ACLU is asking people to sign a petition in support of the village saying Portland needs creative solutions to the housing crisis, such as the Village of Hope.

City representatives say parks and natural areas are not appropriate for building homes.

Their statement reads in part, “We have learned from past experience that even well-intentioned, well-run camps draw other campers to the area which the organizers cannot control, causing environmental degradation that squanders previous investments in restoration work.”

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