Columbia Sportswear CEO donates $1.5 million to homeless facility in Portland

Tim Boyle speaks at Oregon Harbor of Hope press conference on April 10, 2018. Boyle donated $1.5 million to fund a homeless facility in Portland. KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle announced Tuesday that he donated $1.5 million to construct a new facility for the homeless in Portland.

The shelter will be built on land owned by Prosper Portland - off Naito Parkway near the Broadway Bridge. It will be operational by late summer 2018 or fall. The facility will hold between 100 and 120 people.

City officials are calling this a “navigation center.” It’s meant to bring people in for a short-term basis. Their end goal is find people permanent housing.

Boyle made the announcement at a press conference held by Oregon Harbor of Hope. At the gathering, city officials, including Mayor Ted Wheeler and Portland State University President Rahmat Shoureshi, stressed the importance of creating more affordable housing options.

Watch the full press conference:

In November, Boyle wrote an opinion piece threatening to move Columbia’s Sorel headquarters out of downtown. At that time, the headquarters had only been there less than a year, but Boyle expressed serious livability issues, including harassment and theft.

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