Low-income residents of the Arthur Hotel on SW 11th were told last Thursday, May 22, that they're likely to face eviction this Sunday. It's disturbing news for resident Daniel Roscoe, who has been there just over four months and pays $500 a month. Before that, Roscoe lived and worked at the Blanchet House for three months, and before that, he was homeless for four months, after returning to Portland from Virginia. Under Oregon law, biweekly residents like Roscoe are supposed to get at least 30-days notice. When the Mercury met Roscoe at his apartment on Tuesday, May 27, there were contractors downstairs doing a walk-through, and Roscoe had yet to be given anything more than a verbal eviction notice from the apartment complex's manager.
"It's lame when they say all of a sudden we have to move out," says Roscoe. "This is totally unfair. Once you get your life on track, it's difficult to be thrown a curve ball like this. At the moment, we don't know what's going to happen. I don't know whether to keep paying my rent if I'm going to be out of here." MD
Homeless nonprofits Sisters of the Road and Street Roots have launched a postcard campaign to repeal the controversial sit-lie ordinance and anti-camping law, following Sisters' resignation from the mayor's Street Access for Everyone committee two weeks ago ["Swing Out, Sister," News, May 15]. The postcard asks the mayor and city commissioners to repeal the laws, with a space at the bottom for people to sign and print their name. Within two to three weeks, Sisters wants to have collected enough to assemble them in a way that creates "a powerful visual image, and march the cards from Sisters to city hall." You can download a copy of the postcard at blogtown.portlandmercury.com. MD