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A $28 Million Low-Income Apartment Complex Descends Into Chaos in Just Two and a Half Years

“I thought I was moving into Shangri-La.”

At first glance, the Buri Building in the Hazelwood neighborhood looks like an ideal way to house some of the thousands of people living in tent camps around Portland.

Tenants let homeless friends in from the street who shoot up in the stairways, sleep on couches in common areas, smoke fentanyl in the elevators, and vandalize plumbing. They pound and pry at residents’ doors

Chau Nguyen and her daughter became ill after inhaling fentanyl smoke in the Buri Building elevator. (Allison Barr)

ByAnthony EffingerJune 07, 2023 at 6:00 am PDT


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