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New Portland program would offer daytime storage for homeless

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland mayor Charlie Hales is hoping that new storage containers will help clean up homeless camps and get people back on their feet.

One of the containers is on North Greeley Avenue, while the other is under the Steel Bridge. City workers placed the two shipping containers at the camps Tuesday morning.

People with local outreach groups will monitor the containers for the next couple days, inviting people to leave their belongings and camping gear in a secure place.

The hope is that the homeless will not only clean up their campsites during the day, but also feel comfortable being away from their belongings so they can connect with housing services, go on job interviews or seek treatment. 

While some campers said they don’t think anyone down here is going to use the storage container, Sherry Ladely thinks is a great option for people who want to improve their situation.

“That would be awesome for anyone who cares to do something with their life. That would be great,” she said. “The only reason we don’t leave is because somebody will take our stuff.

Residents near the locations of the new storage units told Fox 12 they had concerns with the new program, especially that the storage container could invite more campers to live near them.

More details on the program, including instructions for people wanting to store items in the containers during the day, will be released Wednesday.

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