PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — County officials say they’ve found a new location for the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp in North Portland.
The camp currently sits along North Greeley Avenue and North Interstate Avenue.
Multnomah County officials want to move it 8 miles away, to St. Johns. The Joint Office of Homeless Services said 20-25 homeless adults that live at Hazelnut Grove would be living in tiny homes or pods.
Denis Theriault with the Joint Office of Homeless Services said they looked at hundreds of properties and only a few were zoned right.
The new spot would be on North Roberts Avenue, which is currently a garden next to a retirement home and preschool.
“We’ve got 80 people here who are elderly and concerned about having a homeless population right next to them,” said Rick Moyer at Harvest Homes.
Officials with Multnomah County & the City of Portland are proposing to move the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp to North St Johns #koin6news #pdx #homelessness #crisis pic.twitter.com/l4gXDHnv73— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) October 26, 2018
Magnolia Blossom pre-school Teacher Marguerite Aichele is concerned the homeless moving in would put them out of business.
“The beauty of this preschool is that it’s inter-generational, so what I see is the business closing, which is heartbreaking because of the benefits to the seniors and the children,” she said.
Theriault said there will be security and fencing around the camp and it would be connected to the city’s sewer and water.
Mayor Ted Wheeler determined the camp had to move after mediation talks broke down between the Overlook Neighborhood Association and the current camp’s organizers.
The target moving date for Hazelnut Grove is April 2019.
The owners of Harvest Homes, a senior facility next to the lot, are very concerned about having a homeless camp right next door to more than 80 seniors & a preschool that’s also located in the building #koin6news #pdx pic.twitter.com/arQXAkDyr3— Jennifer Dowling (@JenDowlingKoin6) October 26, 2018