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People in NE Portland call on city to clear homeless camp after break-ins, fires

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Employees at one Northeast Portland business are fed up with homeless campers on their street and they want the city to do something about it.

Jennifer Schnick works at American Sani-Can on Northeast Marx Street. In front of her office, there are about a dozen cars, campers and other structures that she says have been there for months.

Schnick and her co-workers have complained to city leaders about bonfires, campers selling car parts and tools they believe are stolen and they’ve called police about break-ins on their property.

Not only have campers gone to the bathroom in portable toilets they need to keep clean for rentals, but she said someone stole a box of hand sanitizer and used it to start fires.

Several warnings to vacate have been posted, but Schnick is angry that no one seems to be enforcing them.
 
“They’re just always fussing with each other, you can find needles when you walk,” said Schnick. “It’s just not a safe environment for anyone, just all aspects. It’s ridiculous.”
 
A man at the camp who wouldn’t identify himself claims police told him he can stay there.
 
A representative from Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office is looking into complaints about the camp to see if and when the vacation warnings will be enforced.

Anyone who wants to notify the city about a nuisance camp can report it at portlandoregon.gov

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