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Lents neighbors frustrated with increase in homeless

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Residents of the Lents neighborhood, upset and frustrated over the homeless population, protested Saturday. (KPTV) Residents of the Lents neighborhood, upset and frustrated over the homeless population, protested Saturday. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Residents living in the Lents neighborhood in Portland say they've had enough of the homeless living in the area. 

Saturday many gathered at the corner of Southeast 104th Avenue and Reedway Street to protest a proposed homeless camp site nearby. 

Neighbors at the rally said as the months have gone on the problem with homeless in the area has grown.

Melvin Anderson lives in the neighborhood and his property sits right next to the Beggars Tick Wildlife Refuge. He showed FOX 12 the damage and mess homeless campers have made on the edge of the refuge near his property line, pointing out the old propane tanks and trash littered along his fence. 

Anderson says his security cameras often catch people coming on to his property and taking things. He says he is growing frustrated with the situation. 

Portland Parks and Recreation officials said that when the city does a sweep of homeless camps along the Springwater Corridor on September 1 they will head in and assess the damage and what needs to be cleaned up at the refuge. 

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