Saltzman quashes plan to use Terminal 1 as homeless shelter

FILE -- The Portland City Council voted to lease this property at Terminal 1 to temporarily be used to house the homeless. But the plans have fallen apart (KATU File Photo)

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman said Tuesday that Terminal 1 won't be used as a homeless shelter this winter, his colleague Commissioner Nick Fish told KATU News.

Saltzman is the commissioner in charge of the Housing Bureau.

Portland developer Homer Williams proposed using the Northwest Portland facility for a homeless shelter modeled after one in San Antonio, Texas. There it's called Haven for Hope, which involves 40 nonprofits that offer medical, dental and mental health care to the homeless. Williams is part of Harbor of Hope, a Portland nonprofit which had raised more than $250,000 toward a temporary shelter at Terminal 1.

Fish said the city is going to go in a different direction to shelter homeless people this winter. He said the Terminal 1 property will again go up for sale and the price will be negotiated by a broker.

He added that he's happy that there will be an opportunity for the new owner of the land to create jobs.

Proponents of using Terminal 1 as a shelter had hoped to house up to 400 people.

KATU has reached out to Saltzman for comment but has not yet heard back.

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