Come Friday, San Jose Councilman Tam Nguyen will turn in for the night in a sleeping bag under the stars. Well, there may be a tent. Either way, he says, he’s ready to hunker down in the open air at Portland’s city-sanctioned homeless camp, a controversial tent settlement called Right 2 Dream Too. “I want to leave myself open to the experience,” Nguyen tells Fly, adding that he plans to proceed like “Dora the Explorer, ready to learn.” San Jose, home to at least 4,000 unsheltered inhabitants on a given night, has been studying the idea of a tent village despite resistance from Mayor Sam Liccardo and reluctant housing officials. Next month, the city’s head of homeless services, Ray Bramson, plans to report back to the City Council about the feasibility of a legal homeless camp. Though he has yet to draft that memo, he says it will enumerate regulatory barriers, namely health and safety codes, fire codes, building and habitability issues, and then some. Oh, and brace for the NIMBYs. If they’ve raised this big of a stink about motel-to-shelter projects, imagine the outcry over an institutionalized homeless camp. The foremost solution, Bramson says, is permanent housing followed by transitional shelter, converted motels and the like. But people need places until then, argues homeless activist Robert Aguirre, who lived in “The Jungle”—one of the nation’s largest illegal shantytowns—until 2014, when the city dismantled it in the dead of a wet winter. He’ll join Nguyen on his overnight trek along with Ibrahim Mubarak, a homeless man who founded the Right 2 Dream Too camp as well as Portland’s 17-year-old “tiny home” village for the house-less. Nguyen says he’ll debrief the public about his field trip on June 13, the day before the council hears from Bramson on the matter.