Temporary homeless shelter opens in 111-year-old E. Portland building


PORTLAND, Ore. – A temporary homeless shelter is set to open Monday in a historic building on Portland’s central east side.

The temporary Columbia Shelter first opened its downtown location back in January – after about four months, it will move into the former Shleifer Furniture store at SE Grand at Stark Street.

The temporary homeless shelter will need to move again in the fall when the property owners start converting the 111-year-old building into a hotel.

Some living near the area are worried about the temporary fix.

“I think having a long term solution for the homeless is a really important issue for the city because it is long overdue, it’s been getting very bad over the last ten years,” said Tiffany Wheeler. “I'm not sure why but we need to address it, it's a much more pressing issue than hotels.”

The shelter is a team effort between the City of Portland, Multnomah County and local businesses.

It will hold up to 100 homeless people, and does accept couples.

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