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Tenants of NW Portland apartment complex fear for safety after homeless set up camp outside

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Residents of The Yards apartment complex in northwest Portland are concerned for their safety after a homeless camp has returned outside the building. (KPTV) Residents of The Yards apartment complex in northwest Portland are concerned for their safety after a homeless camp has returned outside the building. (KPTV)
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Residents of a northwest Portland apartment complex are being warned to lock their doors and windows after a homeless camp moved in right across the street.

Tenants who live in The Yards off Northwest Naito Parkway say the camp only grows in size at night and it’s gotten to the point where they are afraid to even walk outside.  

“I’m really upset, I fear for my safety and for the safety of my child,” Kim, a tenant at the apartment complex, said. 

She asked FOX 12 not to use her last name, but said she was speaking out on behalf of several other tenants who did not want to be identified. 

Kim said one of her neighbors had a run in with some campers as recently as Thursday morning.

“She woke up this morning with a couple people on her deck surrounded by needles," Kim explained. “When she asked them to leave, the girl asked if she could wait 15 minutes because she just got done shooting up. That’s scary.”

Property managers sent a letter to tenants after the homeless camp popped up, urging people to lock their doors and windows and to be on the lookout for people trying to sneak inside. It went on to say the staff was notifying security about the issue in the meantime.

“We take these issues very seriously and we work closely with our partners and residents to make sure they feel safe in their homes,” Home Forward Communications Director Tim Collier said.

Kim said that since the security increased, she has noticed campers carrying guns, and has been harassed by them herself.

“I’ve called police multiple times, and they said to call 911. 911 says to call non- emergency, and non-emergency says to call the mayor’s office and when you call the mayor’s office, you get a voicemail,” she said.

The mayor’s office confirmed that since April 10 of this year, they’ve recorded 20 complaints about this specific camp. 

City staff say they’re doing their best to respond to people’s concerns city wide about homeless camps, adding that cleanup is prioritized based on how many calls they get and the nature of those calls.   

Staffers also told FOX 12 that Mayor Hales has been working to balance the right for Portlanders to have clean, safe and livable neighborhoods with the right of people sleeping outside to have a safe night’s sleep, noting that It is a difficult balance when there is not enough shelter space for all the people without homes, requiring that they sleep outside.

In four months, officials said they have conducted some 51 camp cleanups city wide.

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