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'Huts for Hope' works to address Portland homeless crisis

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On any given night there are roughly 1,900 people sleeping on the streets, outside of a shelter in Portland and Multnomah County. It's either by choice or a bad hand dealt in life that has left them homeless. 

A man in from Longview, Washington is hoping to help those people. J. Richard Nichols builds "Huts for Hope." They are small single room buildings with a shelf for a bed and fold-down table. 

Nichols says he started building them to help people out of homelessness. Nichols himself was homeless for several months in Hawaii. 

He believes that building small shelters for the homeless will help them get back on their feet. He says they have a place to store their stuff, get sleep and it helps restore their dignity. 

"Almost every hut that we have given out the people who have received them have managed to get themselves into a more stable environment or stable place to stay," Nichols said. 

The huts are built from recycled materials and donations. 

On Sunday, Nichols delivered his third hut to the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp. The hut will go to a woman who is trying to escape some domestic violence issues. 

The Hazelnut Grove camp has not come without controversy. The Overlook Neighborhood wants those living there to move. The city of Portland, the camp and neighbors are working to find another location. It was expected to be moved by October.

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