Even though housing activists didn't get the 90-day moratorium on evictions they wanted from Multnomah County officials, they did get promising concessions.
According to the Oregonian, 11 protesters camped out over night in the sheriff's office. The next day they reached an agreement with Sheriff Dan Staton and Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen.
At a news conference outside the Multnomah County headquarters Cogen agreed to publicly support the concept of halting foreclosure evictions, and the sheriff said he will be present at future foreclosure evictions to prevent the use of unnecessary force by deputies and officers.
Additionally, the officials were to arrange a meeting with County Judge, Nan Walker, to seek an agreement to temporarily delay orders for foreclosure evictions.
"We hope that we've moved the fight forward a little bit in the last 20 hours," said Angela MacWhinnie, one of the protestors who spent the night in the sheriff's office.
She said this is the start of the next step in the process. "We have homes to defend, we have banks to take on, we have Fannie Maes to go after," she said.
A spokesman for the group, which calls itself, We Are Oregon, said she considered the sit-in a success, even though a complete moratorium will not be put in place. The group released a statement saying that this is the first time Cogen and Staton have gone on record to support the idea of a moratorium on evictions.
Last year the group tried to block sheriff's deputies from forcing Patricia Williams and Darren Johnson from a single-story home on Pardee Street in Southeast Portland.
About 50 protesters clashed with the deputies trying to block them from forcing the couple out. One man was arrested and officers used pepper spray on demonstrators who were pushing them.