Right 2 Dream Too
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Right 2 Dream Too (known to locals as R2D2) is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon. The organization, known for establishing a homeless camp on private property in October, 2011 in downtown Portland (Northwest Fourth Avenue and West Burnside; adjacent to the paifang of Old Town Chinatown), is supported by Right 2 Survive, another Portland-based organization that "works to empower and inform the homeless population". The organization has received praise from Portland's former mayor, Charlie Hales, who stated in October, 2013, "This unique community is doing valid work in a special way that no government agency ever thought of."
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. Rules that govern the encampment include no violence, alcohol or other drugs, and forms of discrimination are also not allowed.
Possible camp relocation
In 2013, the organization 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. Additional locations for the camp's relocation have also been considered by the organization and city officials. Business and neighborhood leaders in the Pearl District have fought in opposition against the proposed Pearl District move.
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