[Hpn] Dignity Village gets 6 month reprieve for homeless camp in
Portland OR USA
Wed, 31 Oct 2001 21:45:08 -0800
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FWD Associated Press - Wednesday October 31 6:23 AM ET
[ OREGON USA ]
TENT CITY IN PORTLAND GETS REPRIEVE
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A tent city for the homeless received a
six-month reprieve when a local man agreed to cover the cost of
moving Portland's leaf-composting program from the site.
The tent city, Dignity Village, sits on a 7-acre parcel near
Portland International Airport. The property normally is used in
the fall to compost leaves from city streets.
Leland Larson agreed to pay the city $20,000 to pay for the
composting program. His payment would give city officials the
choice of either contracting out the composting to a local
recycling company or using the money to make improvements at the
tent city site.
``I think it's the best idea for everyone,'' City Commissioner
Erik Sten said. ``They've really done a remarkable job out there,
and I think the worst thing we can do to them is force people into
a neighborhood that doesn't want them.''
The village formed last year when a group of homeless people and
advocates complained about the way many Portland area shelters are
They said shelters enforce antiquated rules, split up couples
and forbid pets. They also say some shelters aren't clean.
The village moved several times before landing at the present
site. Campers had been told they'd have to find a new spot by Nov.
FWD Channel 6000 - Tuesday October 30 12:22 PM EST
[ OREGON USA ]
DIGNITY VILLAGE TO STAY PUT -- FOR NOW
Dignity Village, the tent city comprised of homeless people, will be allowed
to stay near the Portland International Airport for six more months.
A local man agreed to pay the city about $20,000 to cover the cost of moving
its leaf-composting program.
The village sits on a 7-acre parcel owned by the city, just southwest of the
airport. The property normally is used in the fall to compost leaves from city
With the city's blessing, Dignity Village moved there in September from a spot
beneath the foot of the Fremont Bridge's west end.
Campers were told that they would have to find a new spot by Nov. 1.
The village formed last year when a group of homeless people and advocates
complained about the way many Portland area shelters are run.
The village moved several times before landing at the current site.
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CONTACT PORTLAND OFFICIALS
Portland OR USA -- Mayor Vera Katz is determined to keep homeless people
from camping here, despite a court ruling against the city's anti-camping
Please write "polite letters of concern" to Portland, Oregon officials.
Ask them to stop forced relocations of Dignity Village and homeless people.
Office: 1231 SW Morrison, Portland OR USA
Phones: (503) 347 9831
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"Commissioner Erik Sten" <email@example.com>,
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SAMPLE LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR DIGNITY VILLAGE:
FWD Oregonian - Saturday, January 27, 2001
[ Guest Editorial ]
Camp Dignity is no indignity, it's an answer
The homeless tent camp fills a need, beds for people who need them,
at no cost to the city; so what's the problem and concern here?
by John Hubbird [ of JOIN and Street Roots homeless newspaper ]
[Hpn] *PORTLAND FORCIBLY RELOCATES HOMELESS - Dignity Village saga LINKS -
Tom Boland email@example.com - Sun, 9 Sep 2001 00:45:16 -0700 (PDT)
PORTLAND OREGON USA FORCIBLY RELOCATES HOMELESS PEOPLE'S "DIGNITY VILLAGE"
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FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Sep 05 2001 19:59
Under orders from Portland officials, homeless take down tents in 'Dignity
By ANDREW KRAMER - Associated Press Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Most of the homeless people in a tent
village beneath a downtown bridge packed up their belongings and
left Wednesday, bowing to city demands.
But a handful of homeless people said they wouldn't budge from
the site they call Dignity Village, and would let themselves be
Wednesday September 5 7:19 AM ET
Village Residents Won't Relocate
By ANDREW KRAMER, Associated Press Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Residents of a downtown tent village for
the homeless say they will face arrest rather than comply with a
city order forcing them to relocate to a composting field several
``I'm not going to live in a concentration camp,'' said
67-year-old John Reese, one of about 75 people who have been living
in ``Dignity Village'' during the past year.
[ SNIP of content repeated in the updated AP story above this excerpt ]
FWD Channel 6000 - Thursday September 06 10:39 AM EDT
Deadline Passes For 'Dignity Village' Residents
Wednesday was moving day for "Dignity Village."
Just before noon, the tent city agreed to move out from underneath the
Around 1:30 p.m., Tri-Met buses and trucks arrived to move them to the new
location, but only about 15 people moved right away.
Some will find their own way to the new Sunderland site in North Portland,
others are scattering to various places. The site was offered by the city,
as negotiations about where to relocate the homeless group continue.
Portland police officers say as long as there's a good faith effort to
move, they won't make any arrests.
Discussion: Should The City Provide Home For Campers?
FWD The Oregonian - 09/05/2001
PORTLAND Area's shelters reflect challenges they face, defenders say
Those who run Portland's homeless shelters acknowledge the facilities
aren't perfect. But they also question assertions made by some residents of
Dignity Village that the shelters are dirty, overly restrictive and not
geared to the needs of the homeless community.
Channel 6000 http://www.koln.com/
Friday August 31 02:56 PM EDT
Homeless Campers Agree To New Location
Homeless campers have reluctantly accepted the city's proposed location for
their tent city.
Some members of the group don't like the location because it's not near
downtown, soup kitchens, health care and job opportunities.
FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Aug 30 2001 20:21
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Homeless at ``Dignity Village'' angry, but say they'll move
By JASON GEORGE - Associated Press Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Despite protests by homeless people and
activists who packed the council chambers, the City Council voted
Thursday to go ahead with relocating about 75 homeless people from
a tent city near downtown to a site several miles away.
Homeless people who attended the council meeting said the
relocation of what they call ``Dignity Village'' will put them
farther from soup kitchens, hospitals and job opportunities.
They also said they have kept the current site of their camp
free of crime by creating their own security patrol, and have kept
it clean through garbage recycling.
FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Aug 30 2001 18:32
Homeless at ``Dignity Village'' angry over eviction order
By JASON GEORGE - Associated Press Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Homeless people living in a tent city they
call Dignity Village are angry over the city's order that they move
their camp to a mulching field near Portland International Airport.
FWD The Oregonian 08/29/2001
Homeless spurn new tent site
DAVID AUSTIN and SCOTT LEARN
Portland city leaders said Tuesday they want Dignity Village, a tent city
for the homeless, to move to a site near Portland International Airport's
runways for 60 days.
If the villagers refuse, they'll face police sweeps of any other campground
they choose, officials say. They could also jeopardize negotiations with
the city for a more permanent site after building credibility with the City
Council by running the camp well.
[Hpn] CAMP DIGNITY in Portland, Oregon USA seeks your support (fwd)
FWD 18 Feb 2001 / REPLY TO AUTHOR: "John Coomler" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CAMP DIGNITY IN PORTLAND, OREGON [ USA ]
Camp Dignity is the preliminary stage to Dignity Village in Portland,
Oregon. Currently, it is a nylon community of about fifty homeless adults
on the edge of the downtown core area. The struggle is to gain governmental
support for this temporary space while a permanent location can be
negotiated. The police are wanting to remove the inhabitants soon (for the
sixth time) so public support is critical now.
Rebuttals to Unaware Statements and Questions About Homeless People
S & Q: Why don't those homeless people get a job?
Rebuttal: Actually, a lot of people living on the streets already work
quite a lot, but housing is very expensive. And some people have
issues that prevent them from being able to work in any regular
employment capacity. Mental and physical disabilities, substance abuse, and
lack of social skills prevent many people from being able to work
S & Q: Why don't those homeless people go to the shelters?
Rebuttal: There are fewer than 600 shelter beds in Portland to accommodate
the more than 3,000 adults and youth needing shelter each night and
the number of homeless is growing. The adult shelters are not
clean, safe for personal belongings, accommodating for those people
who are ill or who work late and need to sleep late, and the shelters are
not conducive for healthy attitudes about oneself. Approximately 1/3 of
the adult homeless are not involved in the substance culture and they do
not want to be forced to live with those people who are abusers.
S & Q: Homeless people are dirty and they leave a mess everywhere they go.
Rebuttal: Some people do live in filthy conditions and have little regard
for themselves and their surroundings. But many homeless desire
clean and sanitary conditions around themselves. The
Dignity Village will be monitored by the inhabitants themselves to keep
their space clean and sanitary. They have left every place they have
stayed as part of Camp Dignity cleaner than when they arrived.
There are portable toilets and a garbage dumpster is being secured so
that the garbage can be removed daily. Considering the challenges of their
living situation these homeless people are incredibly conscientious and
S & Q: Why does Dignity Village need to be so close to downtown, they can
find more land farther out?
Rebuttal: These homeless people are trying very hard to rebuild their
lives and in order to do that they need to be close to the services
that can help them do that. Many people need to have regular
medical appointments, go to work, access mass transportation, and connect
with each other for social purposes. New people are always going to be
arriving to Portland and an easy-to-find place will only help them in
their efforts to improve their lives
S & Q: Homeless people do not deserve all of these handouts and welfare
Rebuttal: Actually, the homeless people use much less free assistance than
do many of our businesses and more wealthy individuals who
receive large publicly funded tax breaks, tax shelters, grants, and
favorable rulings by governmental bodies. The homeless who work do pay
taxes and often are not able to qualify for some of the publicly funded
support that the wealthier people receive. The homeless just receive
different forms of support.
What Is Needed and What Can You Do? There is an urgent need for cash
Camp Dignity needs large 6-person nylon tents, facilities for washing their
clothes and themselves, money to pay for the servicing of the portable
toilets, for the cell phone time, for parts to repair tents and equipment,
for improving the cooking facilities, and for many other needs.
Indignities - Oregonian EDITORIAL of 17 January 2001
FWD Channel 6000 - Sunday January 14 09:00 PM EST
HOMELESS CAMP GETS WALKING PAPERS
PORTLAND POLICE ASK CAMP TO MOVE
FWD Seattle Times - Monday, December 25, 2000
NO ARRESTS SINCE PORTLAND HOMELESS-CAMPS RULING
By The Associated Press
[ Since a judge ruled Portland, Oregon's "Anti-Camping law" UNCONSTITUTIONAL,
police are now using "other ordinances" to close down homeless camps. ]
FWD KOIN 6 News [Portland OR USA] - Tuesday October 17, 2000
HOMELESS CAMPING WILL BE DISCOURAGED
OFFICIALS TO WORK WITH POLICE DESPITE COURT RULING
Mayor Vera Katz is determined to keep homeless people from camping in
Portland, despite a court ruling against the city's anti-camping ordinance.
FWD Oregon Live / Friday, October 6, 2000
ANTI-CAMPING LAW NEVER CURED HOMELESS PROBLEM
CITY SHOULD FORGET AN APPEAL OF A JUDGE'S RULING
[Hpn] Portland's Anti-Camping Ordinance ruled unconstitutional...
Remona Cowles email@example.com
Thu, 19 Oct 2000 22:49:09 -0700
Camping ban overturned
Landmark decision by Multnomah County Judge Stephen Gallagher overturns
Portland's nineteen-year-old anti-camping ordinance
FWD The Oregonian - Thursday, September 28, 2000
HOMELESS CAMPING BAN VOIDED
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