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Group fights to stop evictions in Multnomah County

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A group calling themselves We Are Oregon is fighting to keep people in their homes.

The group spent the night outside the sheriff's office on the third floor of the Multnomah County building.

The group is fighting to get a moratorium put in place to stop deputies from evicting families who are dealing with foreclosures.

Eleven people spent the night outside the sheriff's office, refusing to leave until they could meet with the sheriff and talk about a moratorium.

More than 50 people gathered outside the county building after several of them met with Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton and the Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen.

Both sides met for about an hour to discuss a moratorium, but an agreement to put one in place was never reached.

However, both sides agreed they would work together to try and find a solution to the problem.

"The last thing we want is people kicked out onto the street, so we believe there needs to be more flexibility and more alternative to keep people in their homes," said Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County Chair.

The group says it's been trying for a year and a half to discuss the problem with the sheriff and the county.

"We're calling it a victory. We're on the path to a moratorium. A path that we were not on yesterday or this morning and now we have a clear set of steps to get to a temporary moratorium," said Kari Koch with We Are Oregon.

They say they started their fight after one family in northeast Portland was evicted from their home, and then had their case thrown out because they couldn't afford a lawyer.

A county judge could step in and issue a temporary stop to evictions.

Either way, both sides plan to meet again and come up with more ideas to deal with the problem.

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