The Oregon family whose eviction sparked Portland’s armed “autonomous zone” protest also own another house nearby — and have raised $30,000 more than they need to buy back the one they lost, according to reports.
The Kinney family, who lost the so-called “Red House on Mississippi” after defaulting on a second mortgage to pay legal fees in a criminal case, have since 1966 also owned a second home less than 2 miles away, Oregon Public Broadcasting first reported.
One of the owners’ sons, Michael Kinney, answered the door at the second home and confirmed to a reporter for OPB that it was owned by his family, but refused to answer more questions, the station said.
The revelation came as the “Red House on Mississippi” remained sealed off and booby-trapped by protesters who have deemed it a three-block “autonomous zone” after violent clashes with police last week.
It also comes as the developer who bought it offered to sell it back to the Kinneys — for almost $30,000 less than raised in an online fundraiser by Sunday.
“We’ve already offered to sell back the property at cost because of course we’ve paid taxes, legal fees, bank fees, etc.,” Roman Ozeruga, 33, told The Oregonian.
He offered it for the $260,000 he paid in auction, plus $20,000 he has paid since buying it in 2018 — significantly less than the more than $308,500 raised in a GoFundMe by Sunday.
The Ukrainian immigrant even involved Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in trying to help him negotiate with the Kinneys, still to no success, he told local media.
Instead, he said he has been left in fear at threats over his ownership of the house that has become the latest flashpoint for the violence-rocked city.
“I myself am a father of little kids,” he told The Oregonian. “ I’m concerned for [our] safety to be honest.”