Homeless activists packed a Portland City Council meeting Wednesday to protest what they called inadequate homeless services, and the recent ouster of people camped outside City Hall.

The activists spoke during discussion of a $15 million allocation of cash for homeless services.

Their concerns ranged for the lack of emergency shelter beds for women, to the handling of Right2DreamToo, a self-organized homeless encampment in the edge of Old Town.

Commissioner Steve Novick addressed the concerns.

"I know this probably won't make any difference to you, I would like to remind folks in the budget this year, we cut funding for police, we cut funding for fire, we did not cut funding for the homeless," Novick said. "I know it's not enough but I do think it reflects our priorities."

Right2DreamToo is the subject of a pending lawsuit in Multnomah County court. The city says the camp is an unpermitted campsite, and has levied five-figure fine that continues to grow.

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, OPB misidentified the commissioner in charge of Portland's housing bureau. It's Dan Saltzman. OPB regrets the error.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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