Portland Homeless Encmapment Gets Permanent Spot

By Jim McCoy Mon 9th September Newshomeless campPortland
A homeless encampment in downtown Portland will get a permanent spot after it reached an agreement with the city. The agreement ends a nearly two-year standoff that saw the campers assemble tarps and stoves next to one of Portland's busiest thoroughfares. The property owner once had an adult bookstore on the lot, but the city shuttered it and the building was razed. The owner said in an October 2011 interview he would allow anyone to occupy the lot. A homeless activist took him up on the offer days later. The city began to issue code violations to the encampment, which went unpaid. The agreement announced Monday vacates the fines and assigns the encampment a permanent spot under the Broadway Bridge, near train, bus and light-rail stations.

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