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SE Portland homeowners, homeless prepare for Springwater Corridor sweep

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The City of Portland plans to start its homeless camp cleanup Thursday morning, making this one of the largest sweeps the city has ever done.

The city reports contractors and social workers will focus cleaning high priority areas that affect public safety and the environment. The sweep will start near Southeast 82nd Avenue near Flavel and Lambert Streets.

In May, Portland did sweep a small portion of the trail but this time plans on cleaning fourteen miles of the trails. There has been hundreds of people who received non-housing support, meaning, obtained an I.D, placed their belongings in a day storage and received personal care.

Tim Scott who used to camp along the Springwater Corridor said he’s moved away and into another area of the city.

“From what I hear the shelters are full and there’s a waiting list,” Scott said. “A lot of people here don’t want to go to a shelter.”

Scott adds, though he has moved away he still came to help pick up garbage.

“I want it to be a win-win situation for everyone,” Scott adds. “For neighbors, for me, homeless people and have this bike trail back to what it was built for: the kids and families to enjoy.”

Many homeowners who live by the trail say they’ve waited a long time for the clean up to happen.

“We’d probably go again when they get it cleaned up,” Errol Schrock said.

Schrock hopes to be able to use the trails after avoiding it for years.

Portland Police Bureau reports it will provide law enforcement presence on an as needed basis.

A spokesperson for PPB wrote: “We will not have any significant police presence in the affected areas unless there are calls requiring a police response.”

A spokesperson for the Mayor Charlie Hales office says there’s no concrete deadline, since they are dealing with many people and adds the clean up will be done with humanity and compassion.

The spokesperson adds, Mayor Charlie Hales is out of town during the sweep, but will be back after the Labor Day Weekend.

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