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‘Temporary shelter sites’ have Portland neighborhoods concerned
By Tim SteeleBrandon Thompson,
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Pat Noychareon lives and works in the Southeast Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood where it meets with Hosford Abernethy. She describes the area as “just very calm and chill.”
It’s also where Noychareon’s new restaurant opened. And it’s also where the city of Portland will open the first of the sanctioned campsites, what Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office calls “temporary alternative shelter sites.”
One of the goals of the meetings is to creat a good neighbor agreement, similar to agreements in place for other shelters like Safe Rest Villages in the city.
The agreements typically set expectations between the neighborhood and the city, and ideally provide a point of contact when something goes wrong.
Wheeler and the Hosford Abernethy Neighborhood District have already met about what that good neighbor agreement will look like.
The mayor’s spokesperson told KOIN 6 News this agreement will go further. There will be more patrols by the shelter operator, Urban Alchemy, and there will be metrics set so any kind of success can be measured.
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