For City's Homeless, Will It Take A Village?

Portland has allowed the indigent to form a community, but now reconsiders.
January 7, 2004, 7am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"What began three years ago with a handful of stubborn squatters has grown into a full community of more than 70 homeless people trying to improve their lot... Democracy is at work in "Dignity Village," one of the nation's few government-sanctioned tent cities. On a remote patch of city-owned asphalt, residents have cobbled one-room shacks out of plywood, plastic, tarps, and other scavenged materials. If they have their way, they will create a permanent haven where people who fall on hard times can find a warm bed and a sense of community."

Thanks to Laura Kranz

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Published on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor

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