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Church offers parking lot as overnight safe haven for homeless

Posted: Updated: May 28, 2012 06:07 PM

A local church wants to open its parking lot to homeless people who are living in their cars as part of the Portland/Multnomah County Overnight Sleeping Pilot.

Last December, the Portland City Commissioners passed a proposal that will let homeless people sleep in their cars overnight in parking lots of certain churches and nonprofits.

Moreland Presbyterian Church is the first organization that wants to open a parking space for women who need a safe place to park and sleep at night.

According to the proposal, up to four cars would be allowed at each parking lot and the organization must provide access to water, sanitary facilities and trash disposal.

People in the Sellwood neighborhood have criticized the proposal and have said they worry about increased noise, crime and other potential headaches.

Similar programs have been employed elsewhere without major problems, including in Eugene, which has about two dozen parking sites.

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