The group of people experiencing homelessness on NW 4th and Burnside continues to grow. Starting out at eight individuals with three tents, the group now stands at nearly 60 individuals with nearly 30 tents. In the past 24-hours a private citizen donated a portable toilet (seen below) and local carpenters volunteered throughout the day and night to help build slabs for tents to rest on.
Yesterday the group calling themselves, “Right to Dream Too,” shared with Street Roots blueprints for how they envision the space over the next year.
Photos and post by Israel Bayer.
A group of homeless people under the banner of “Right to Dream Too” have shared with Street Roots blueprints for how they envision the plot on 4th and Burnside to be used. The blueprints layout how a series of tents and restrooms for people on the streets with a barrier around the property made up of doors.
Eight people began to set up shop yesterday (Oct. 10) in response to the lack of housing in Portland, and for a small group of people experiencing homelessness to have a safe and stable place to sleep. By this evening that group had swelled to more than 30 individuals.
“We’re out here because there is no place for people who have no place to sleep to sleep. So we want to bring in a good place where they can come and rest,” says Ibrahim Mubarak, one of the leaders of the small group and one of the founders of Dignity Village. Continue reading
The group calling itself Right to Dream Too swelled to nearly sixteen tents overnight. With winter nearing, according to the group, they are setting up a
place to rest. The group says they are trying to establish a safe and stable place for people experiencing homelessness in Portland.
According to the City of Portland/Multnomah County 2011 homeless count, 2,727 people who were “literally homeless” – sleeping in an emergency shelter, vouchered into a motel, or unsheltered – on the night of January 26.
This number includes 1,718 people who were unsheltered (sleeping outside, in a vehicle, or abandoned building) and 1,009 people who were sleeping in an emergency shelter or vouchered into a motel. An additional 1,928 people were sleeping in transitional housing on the night of the count, bringing the total homeless count to 4,655.