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Homeless' Tent City Gets 6-Month Reprieve

November 01, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A tent city for the homeless received a six-month reprieve when a local man agreed to cover the cost of moving Portland's leaf-composting program from the site.

The tent city, Dignity Village, sits on a 7-acre parcel near Portland International Airport. The property normally is used in the fall to compost leaves from city streets.

Leland Larson agreed to pay the city $20,000 for the composting program. His payment would give city officials the choice of either contracting out the composting to a local recycling company or using the money to make improvements at the tent city site.

Campers had been told they would have to find a new spot by today.

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