Portland NLG Member Mark Kramer Sues City to End Fines Against Homeless Encampment

The owners and tenants of the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp in downtown Portland filed suit against the City of Portland on Monday, December 10, with the help of Mark Kramer, a member of the Portland NLG. Right 2 Dream opened on a plot of vacant land at the corner of Northwest Fourth Avenue and Burnside last year, with the permission of the property owners.

The City has fined the property owners $1,346 per month for violating recreational campground codes. Fines currently total approximately $10,000. The lawsuit alleges that the City unfairly designated Right 2 Dream Too as a recreational campground and asks that the City treat it like Dignity Village, a transitional housing site in Northeast Portland that isn’t subject to the same standards as a “recreational” site. State law allows two such sites in each city.

Approximately 80 to 100 homeless people take shelter at Right 2 Dream Too. They marched to City Hall following the filing of the lawsuit, to present the Complaint directly to the mayor.

The lawsuit and march received coverage on OPB, in the Oregonian and in the Portland Mercury.

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One Response to Portland NLG Member Mark Kramer Sues City to End Fines Against Homeless Encampment

  1. joe anybody says:

    [not mentioned in the article] –> The lawsuit and march received the most and the best coverage on Portland Indymedia here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2012/12/420871.shtml

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