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Men living in trailer outside of NE home say they will move

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A make-shift trailer that two men are calling their “tiny home” has been parked right outside a northeast Portland woman's house for weeks. 

The couple who lives inside of the trailer says they’re building a tiny home by using all the free stuff they can find in the area. As their home grows, so does the concern in the Cully neighborhood.

“We wanted to build our home with materials from here in Portland, to make a true Portland tiny home,” said Michael Patterson, who lives inside the trailer with his partner.  

The so-called tiny home is laying its roots right on the pavement. The home is complete with artwork, a welcome sign, even a book shelf.

“Building my home, piece by piece, connection by connection, maybe neighborhood by neighborhood,” said Patterson.

After traveling through 28 states Patterson and his partner said they decided to settle in on Northeast 55th and Alberta, right next to Leah Clause’s house.

“So this is my new view in my backyard that my kids see and experience now,” said Clause.

Clause said she isn’t a fan of the new real estate.

“Like, how? Why? It’s ridiculous. It doesn’t make sense,” said Clause.  

Clause said about two weeks ago, just like that, she had new neighbors. 

“I can’t even enjoy my backyard with my kids,” said Clause.

There’s even a clear view of the trailer from her five and seven-year olds bedroom.

“My children talked to them through the fence and told them they were nice people. They said that they have a TV and want to come over. Things that I don’t feel are appropriate,” said Clause.

“If I were in her shoes, I’d have to say the same exact things - that’s realistic,” said Patterson.

Patterson said they plan on moving their tiny home on Friday.

“I would like to say to Portland that no, we’re not that average case of a homeless person living in a trailer, making it worse,” said Patterson.

Portland police and PBOT crews said they are aware of the situation and plan to send crews to inspect the structure on Thursday.

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