'I don't want to die out here': Portland puts homeless camp sweeps on pause amid heat wave

Many homeless people don’t know of the pause in sweeps and are still moving their camps amid these dangerous conditions.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The heat stuck to David Bentley like glue. Homeless on Portland’s Central Eastside, he soaked an old red t-shirt in his limited water supply to wash the dirt and sweat from his arms.

“I’m not trying to always put off that image that we live in dirt,” he said. His hands remained stained with black grime as he moved carts loaded with blankets and rugs to his next campsite. 

He’s been in a race against the clock since his campsite

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