PORTLAND, OR – There’s a new place for 75 children and their parents to seek shelter from the winter weather. The shelter at 1150 Northwest 17th Avenue opened for business on Dec 3.
The shelter is in a building donated by developer Tom Cody and is being operated by Portland Homeless Family Services. The shelter was created by them along with the City of Portland and Multnomah County’s Joint Office of Homeless Services.
“I am optimistic that by working together, the business community and the public sector can continue to make meaningful progress in addressing homelessness,” Cody said.
“With many contributing, outcomes can be immediate and impactful. I hope we can continue to build on these kinds of partnerships.”
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The location is new for the shelter, which was previously located blocks away at Congregation Beth Israel.
The congregation will continue helping the shelter by providing volunteer and community connections.
It will be open every night from 6 p.m. through 8 a.m. through April 30, 2019.
The shelter is expected to bring a big lift of assistance for homeless families in the area. Currently there are more than 100 families on the wait lists for shelter who are currently sleeping in their cars or on the streets.
“These are kids who don’t have anywhere to do their homework, brush their teeth, or read bedtime stories,” the executive director of Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Brandi Tuck said.
“Thanks to this unique collaboration Portland Homeless Family Solutions is able to provide 75 kids and parents a place to sleep and get back on their feet this winter. We will work with families to help them move back into housing.”
Families will be able to apply for space at the shelter by calling 211.
If space is available, they will be given an interview.
Families that make it in to the shelter will be able to stay there as many days as they need and will receive a hot dinner and breakfast.
Portland Family Homeless Services will also operate a day center nearby at SW 13th Avenue and Salmon Street in partnership with the First Unitarian Church. Families can take showers there as well as do laundry and hang out.
Photo via Portland Homeless Family Services.