To the Occupiers: Why have you choosen to be not at the "rich" end of the Park Blocks but the Senior/Disabled end. Where there are 4 low-income Senior/Disabled building - 300 residents. Not up the blocks to where the super rich LADD residents are - your so called 1% live. You decided to steal the senior/disabled residents tiny area of Portland, to keep us up all hours of the night blasting Thriller. There are extremely sick people in some of these buildings who can not sleep because of the blasting boom boxes past midnight. That tiny park is the only place that most of the tenants, who are wheelchair bound can go during the day. That is their only enjoyment our little end of the Park Blocks. That is where they read, talk and sit - the only things they can afford to do. Now you have stolen that away from them. And now they have to walk in the dark blocks out of the way to take their dogs out not just across the street. It is their access route to the market. Move up to SW Columbia and SW Jefferson where the Rich Park Blocks are. Give the disabled & seniors back their park for them and their dogs. There are close to 300 residents who surround that end of the park. Additionally, when we asked the occupiers who returned after the police left to please turn the music down (it was after midnight) - we got obscenities and some bull about you are either with us or against us - so live with it. It was the seniors cleaning the park this morning of all the garbage and dog poop left my you people.
If it is really the 1% you are raving about - than move to where they live - not where people are living at little more than $7,000 a year. Why should the most vulnerable part of Portland society be forced to suffer because of you. Your group should be ashamed of themselves.
If you continue to occupy our tiny park you will have 300 seniors/disable at least 75 in wheelchairs protesting you to "Take back our park" and that will not look good on the 6PM news. And believe me that will hit every news worldwide. That the occupiers do not care about the people who have suffered the most from the 1% - seniors and disabled. We are not against your cause only who you feel should suffer for it.
How dare you! You are not elderly, I am and have been waiting over a year to get into a seniors building. I am outraged at how this man has conned you into writing these stories for he can continue to take advantage of the system set up for the elderly. You act like this is the managements fault. This is a HUD building and goes by their requirements and rules. We fill out a mountain of paperwork to be approved for a senior housing of which there are very few. A fraction of those available for disabled. This as all HUD building only charge 30% of our gross income rent. He knows that they are responsible to pay 30% of the combined rent else where. He is not suppose to be there so they pay less than $200 a month in rent you as a tax paper cover the rest. Both he and his mother have social security so don't make out like she is in the street pan handling for money. Between them they have more money than any single tenant in the building. We all pay 30% that is what HUD is about. I know many people at the Park and that woman & that man violate countless safety, health and HUD requirements. It is a smoke free building & that includes POT - cancer or not. The reason she won't move. He likes to be in the "heart of the downtown". THAT is the only reason. The building and many agencies tried to get them to move else where and he wanted no part of it. Every elderly tenant there would love to have a son/daughter live with them why should this woman. These units are for singles, there are many buildings that the two could move into not downtown and he would have to pay rent. Why don't you look into the son a little more carefully - there is more to the story & his background. Because of your stories the building losses months of rent, and deserving people can not move into this wonderful building because these two are scamming the system. You knew the facts but you wanted to grandstand with your stories. Did you go out pounding the sidewalk to find them a place - of course not. This is all about you trying to dirty up a wonderful company to get yourself a headline. You want to help us? Get more wonderful people like the Schnitzer to give elderly 30% rent home. We don't need the likes of you using us for your self-promotion. No respected reporter would have written a story that they knew to be a lie.
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