Right 2 Dream Too

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The former Right to Dream Too encampment site in Old Town Chinatown

Right 2 Dream Too (known to locals as R2D2) is a homeless encampment in Portland, Oregon incorporated as a nonprofit organization[1] In its beginning, it has setup an unauthorized transient camp on private property in October, 2011 in Old Town Chinatown at Northwest 4th Avenue and West Burnside St near downtown, Portland. It had permission from the property owner, but it was not authorized by the city. The encampment operates under its parent company Right 2 Survive.[2][3][4][5] Its operation erected tents and built a fence without necessary permits and it was assessed fines for doing so.[6] In April 2017, the city agreed to allow its organized transient camp to move to a land owned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and stay for up to two years.[7] Its camp remained at the original location for over five years before moving to a temporary site in North Portland on N Thunderbird Ave in July 2017.[8]Its lease on this site will expire in April 2019.[9]

Camp organization[edit]

Right 2 Dream Too's former location at NW 4th and Burnside Street entrance to Old Town Chinatown where they remained until July 2017

Code of conduct reads drug and weapon free zone as cited by OPB in February 2016.[10] Full time lodging is given only to members. Membership subject to approval process by existing members. Non-members sleep on the floor and are restricted to 12 hours per 24 hour period, as of June 2017.[11]

The camp has a 24-hour security desk at its entrance, which is manned by camp residents.Sleeping bags used by the camp's populace are laundered weekly.[5][12][needs update]


The project began at the original location in 2011.[9] Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association objected to its presence next to the Chinatown Gate. In addition, the Portland Business Alliance sent a letter to city officials asking for removal or relocation of Right 2 Dream Too around December 2012. [4]

In 2013, Right 2 Dream Too and Portland city officials developed tentative plans to move the homeless camp to a city-owned parking lot under the Broadway Bridge in Portland's Pearl District.[5][12][13] Additional locations for the camp's relocation have also been considered by the organization and city officials.[12][13] Business and neighborhood leaders in the Pearl District have fought in opposition against the proposed Pearl District move.[14] Complaints about its transient campsite to the city's Bureau of Development Services dried up and dropped to just one in a 12 months period by February 2015. Commissioner Dan Saltzman gave his opinion that "People that are concerned about their presence have given up," "They've given up on us [city leaders]. I think that has a lot to do with it."[2]

In 2015, the city considered moving the encampment to a lot next to a metal finishing business that has been in business at the same location for 72 years and has been using the lot in question with permission for a long period. The proposal was blocked by a state land use board and the move did not materialize. The long standing metal finishing business sued the city for $9.9 million in 2018 alleging breach of agreement over the ordeal.[15] A warehouse in Northwest Portland and a location in the industrial area of the central east side were considered as well, but did not materialize due to cost and neighborhood oppositions. In the site selection process, a developer pledged $800,000 to keep the campsite out of the Pearl District.[9]

Its most recent encampment is located at its temporary site at 999 N Thunderbird near the Moda Center.[16] Its permission to use the current site will expire in April 2019.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Schmid, Thacher. "Portland's longtime homeless camp is moving, but underlying problems persist". latimes.com. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  2. ^ a b Theen, Andrew (February 25, 2015). "Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp: A year and $846,000 later, still in same spot". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Hottle, Molly (October 10, 2011). "Nonprofit Right 2 Dream Too sets up homeless camp in Old Town-Chinatown neighborhood". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b Korn, Peter (December 20, 2012). "Right 2 Dream Too stares down threat". Portland Tribune. Portland, Oregon: Pamplin Media Group. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Theen, Andrew (October 10, 2013). "Dignity Village: Residents fight 'complacency' as Right 2 Dream Too captures Portland's attention". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ Korn, Peter (October 3, 2013). "Attorneys, city joust as R2DT move gets hearing". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  7. ^ Harbarger, Molly (2017-04-07). "Mayor's office, Right 2 Dream Too agree on new location". oregonlive.com. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  8. ^ "Right 2 Dream Too campers begin again at North Portland site". KGW. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  9. ^ a b c d Boddie, Ken (January 21, 2019). "Where We Live: Right 2 Dream Too". KOIN. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  10. ^ Templeton, Amelia. "Right 2 Dream Too Homeless Camp Looks To Find New Home". www.opb.org. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  11. ^ Yao, Stephanie (2017-06-15). "Right 2 Dream Too leaves downtown, welcome mat extended by Moda Center and Lloyd District (photos)". oregonlive.com. Retrieved 2019-03-03. After earning membership in Right 2 Dream Too by following a code of conduct, working volunteer hours and passing several rounds of approval by fellow members, he's earned full-time lodging in this tiny house. Non-members sleep on the floor of a general population area for 12 hours in each 24-hour period
  12. ^ a b c Schmidt, Brad (October 15, 2013). "Right 2 Dream Too: Moving options unclear after Portland City Council again delays vote". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  13. ^ a b Schmidt, Brad (October 21, 2013). "Right 2 Dream Too: Deadline to dismiss lawsuit extended 60 days". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  14. ^ Schmidt, Brad (September 27, 2013). "Portland officials explain how Right 2 Dream Too can move to Pearl District". The Oregonian. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  15. ^ KATU (2018-08-17). "East Portland business sues city over failure to move homeless camp". KATU. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  16. ^ Sparling, Zane. "Portland's Right 2 Dream Too Adds More Sleeping Pods". www.opb.org. Retrieved 2019-03-03.

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