100-person winter homeless shelter opening in Portland

Portland, Ore.—City and county leaders hope a temporary winter shelter will bring some relief to the homeless crisis in Portland. 

The shelter is expected to hold up to 100 people during the coldest months of year. It will take up the ground floor of a vacant building on Southwest Park Avenue and Stark Street, just north of O’Bryant Square.

The downtown property is currently under renovation. The developer, Tom Cody, is donating the space for the next six months. 

The city and county will pay to operate the shelter.

“By the end of this year we will have doubled the number of publicly funded shelters in Multnomah County,” said Deborah Kafoury, chair of the Multnomah County Commission.

Nearby property owners say they were surprised by the announcement, which came just days after city leaders scrapped plans for a homeless shelter at Terminal 1.

“We really don’t know a lot about it because it was such a quick decision with no input or sharing of information,” explained Steven Lien, of the community group Friends of O’Bryant Square.

Lien said he is supportive of the shelter, although has concerns about security and sanitation.

The shelter will open in December, although no date has been set.


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