Immediate plans for Terminal 1 homeless shelter dead, developer says

What's next after homeless warehouse idea?

PORTLAND, Ore. – Immediate plans to build a large homeless camp at Portland’s Terminal 1 have been shelved.

Developer Homer Williams said he was disappointed, but he will still try to help create a long-term solution.

“We were maybe trying to do too much too soon,” he said.

Williams and developer Dike Dame wanted to build a homeless campus on the city-owned property along the Northwest Portland waterfront. The idea was based on a similar model in San Antonio Texas called Haven for Hope.

Portland city leaders visited Haven for Hope earlier this month.

Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman said the plan died because backers and the city could not agree on a person to run it. He said solutions are needed now that winter is nearly here.

The anticipated cost of the Terminal 1 project exceeded $100 million.

Background: Terminal 1 may become homeless camp

The city and Multnomah County are preparing to open a 100-bed homeless shelter for couples in the Westmoreland neighborhood. The shelter would bring the city's shelter bed total to 1,200, which is about 600 beds short of the estimated need.


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