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SE Portland business plans to leave amid homeless issues

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A southeast Portland business plans to leave its location after over twenty years in the neighborhood due to issues with transients.

Travis King, co-owner of Charles H. Day tool company said he’s tired of the issues.

“We’ve been broken into four times in the last year,” King said. “Also we get complaints from our customers dealing with transients.”

King said he pays significantly more in rent and taxes, but does not feel like there are services to offset them.

“Transients that run around here and drop garbage, go to the bathroom in the parking lot, and leave clothes all over the place,” King said.

Portland Business Alliance recently released a letter to its members to voice their concerns about homelessness.

A spokesperson for Mayor Charlie Hales said the city is addressing its homeless issues through Safe Sleep Policy which the city reports does not allow camping in the city. Rather, it allows for safe sleep in a group of six or fewer, and requires tents to be taken down by 7 a.m.

Mayor Hales has recently provided two day storage units where people can stores their belongings in a safe place.

King said the work the city’s done is not enough to make him stay.

“They’re not solving the issue, but enabling the issue,” King said. “We’re going to take steps to find another place to do business.”

King said he and his business partner are already looking at other locations and plans to move in a couple years.

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