R2DToo homeless camp seeks funds to stay open
Advocates for a short-term camp site that services up to 100 homeless people each night say they need community support to keep operating.
Right 2 Dream Too has provided temporary shelter since 2017 for up to 12 hours for homeless people, as well as shower and toilets at a city-owned parking lot across the street from the Moda Center. Before that, the camp was in Old Town. It was moved as part of a temporary arrangement with the city to rent a Lloyd District lot. The lease ends in April.
Member Armando Saldivar has been staying at the facility for the past year. It has both group sleeping areas and individual tiny homes. He said that despite fairly smooth self-management of the facility, operating costs during the winter usually increases. "Every year there's a budget crunch around Christmas time. We start over and try to get back up the funds," Saldivar said.
One vocal supporter of the camp, Lloyd Community Association board member Keith Jones, told KOIN 6 News the facility has been an asset to his neighborhood. "We've had no crime issues whatsoever … when we're looking for solutions to help our unhoused population, this is a good model to look at," Jones said.
Jones added that he hoped the city would consider offering a longer lease to the facility to help it gain more stability. It's housed in a parking lot used by Portland's Bureau of Transportation.
Jones said though the facility depends on community donations, it's a highly cost-effective method of getting people in shelter. It only costs around $3,500 for all expenses each month to house up to 100 people each night.
Right 2 Dream Too said it would hold a fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 13. Details of the event are still being determined.
KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. KOIN's story can be found here.
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