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Neighborhood advocates or vigilantes? A group in Portland makes life tougher for the homeless

Angela Todd, left, and Benjamin Kerensa, members of the Montavilla Initiative citizens group, patrol Montavilla Park by flashlight in Portland, Ore. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Members of the Montavilla Initiative citizens group Evelyn Macpherson, left, and Jeff Church shine flashlights toward a pair of tents pitched on an embankment alongside Interstate 205 while on patrol in their neighborhood in Portland, Ore. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Montavilla Initiative Secretary Evelyn Macpherson, left, talks with homeless man Tony Whittman after giving him a pair of new socks at his tent on a multiuse path alongside a Portland MAX light rail line while on patrol in the neighborhood in Portland, Ore. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Montavilla Initiative Chairwoman Angela Todd, right, embraces homeless woman Nina Lopez, whom she met on the street while on a foot patrol with her group in Portland, Ore. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
A woman who identified herself as Sky Smart, who has been homeless for 11 years, wipes a tear as she talks about her life at a homeless camp in Portland, Ore. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Homeless man Paul Rodriguez talks with Evelyn Macpherson, a member of the Montavilla Initiative, who is helping him get his ID back after it was stolen in Portland, Ore. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Members of the Montavilla Initiative citizens group approach homeless Nina Lopez, right, and a friend while on patrol in their neighborhood in Portland, Ore. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Montavilla Initiative chairwoman Angela Todd sends a text message while on patrol along a multi-use path in a neighborhood where a homeless encampment was recently cleared in Portland, Ore. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Diners sit at a table in an upscale restaurant on Stark Street in the Montavilla neighborhood in Portland, Ore. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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