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Protesters rally outside home of Mayor Hales over Springwater Trail homeless

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People holding signs reading “Save Our Streets,” “Reclaim Lents” and “Protect Springwater Corridor” protested outside of Mayor Charlie Hales home Saturday. (KPTV) People holding signs reading “Save Our Streets,” “Reclaim Lents” and “Protect Springwater Corridor” protested outside of Mayor Charlie Hales home Saturday. (KPTV)

Residents of the Lents neighborhood in southeast Portland rallied outside of the home of Mayor Charlie Hales Saturday, protesting his plans dealing with homeless residents living along the Springwater Corridor.

People held signs reading “Save Our Streets,” “Reclaim Lents” and “Protect Springwater Corridor” on the grass between the sidewalk and street in front of Hales home.

"We came to protest the fact the mayor is breaking promises to the community," Geannie Newell, who lives in the Lents neighborhood, said. "He's allowing the Springwater Corridor area to become  contaminated."

A spokesperson for the mayor told FOX 12 that Hales is “absolutely sympathetic” to the concerns of residents of the Lents and Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods.

GALLERY: Lents neighborhood resident protest outside Mayor Hales' home

The spokesperson noted the mayor’s push to increase patrols around the Springwater Corridor since pushing back the planned sweeps of the area to September 1.

The mayor is absolutely sympathetic to the Lents and Brentwood-Darlington neighbors' concerns and knows the urgency of the public safety and environmental issues in those neighborhoods, related to the Springwater.

Because he allowed for another month of outreach, he also increased police and park ranger patrols in an effort to mitigate those issues somewhat while outreach continues. He also deployed dumpsters and is having City and outreach workers distribute garbage bags to begin cleanup.

Ultimately, the mayor is trying to balance the needs of Portlanders sleeping outside with the needs of Portlanders in neighborhoods. He is trying to approach both with humanity, compassion and understanding.

According to the spokesperson, the mayor was out of town at the time of the protest but had met with residents in July to discuss their concerns and explain his actions.

Earlier this week the mayor announced that the "safe sleep" pilot program that allowed the city's homeless to use sleeping bags or tarps on sidewalks would not be renewed.

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