Backyard homeless camp cleared after neighbors' complaints

Backyard homeless camp cleared after neighbors' complaints
Most of the trash and debris has been cleared away from a backyard that was occupied by homeless campers.

A  thin layer of trash and debris will be the final sign of a backyard homeless camp cleared away from a piece of property in Southeast Portland.

According to Sarah Swayze, who lives across the street, the owners of a vacant home at 87th and Division had allowed the camp to stay in place for months.

She brought her story to KATU News in March. Shortly after that, the owners brought in a demolition crew to clear out piles of trash, camping gear and human waste.

So far, the homeless have stayed away since the cleanup happened.

“All the transients running in and out of here have vanished,” said Bruce Swayze. “So yeah, we’re much happier.”

According to Sarah Swayze, the property owner has assured her family the home and its yard will remain clean and free of campers.