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.