Planning for a New Homeless Services Center

It is the goal of the City of Portland to undertake work on a new state-of-the-art, one-story, adult emergency shelter to replace the Oxford Street Shelter. The new shelter will be open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week with on-site meals and a wide range of services including:  health and mental health care, substance use treatment, housing assistance, peer support, case management, employment assistance, and more.

The City of Portland’s shelter guests and valued staff deserve to live and work in a respectful and safe environment. We will no longer allow some of our most vulnerable community members to live in inadequate conditions and in locations where they are easily abused, taken advantage of, and judged for their perceived shortcomings.

The current adult shelter on Oxford Street is leased, poorly configured, and requires residents to vacate the facility every morning with all of their belongings. The building has three floors which require almost double the number of staff who could oversee guests in a single-story building designed specifically as a shelter. It also has cramped sleeping space which necessitates floor mats rather than cots and utilizes a large area for sleeping in the eaves of the building.

This page contains information about all of the staff presentations made and public testimony given as the Committee has worked through the public process. We will continue to update the page as new information is shared. Thank you for your interest and support.

The Council's Health and Human Services and Public Safety Committee moved to recommend the Angelo’s Acre and Riverside locations to the full Council at the April 16, 2019 meeting. The City Council will have a first read at the May 20, 2019 meeting. 

*UPDATE* The Council postponed the public hearing from May 20 to June 3 due to how long the meeting ran because of the FY20 budget items. The Council did take public comment from those who stayed late and wished to speak that night, however, everyone else at the meeting was told they could return on June 3 and speak then instead, but people could not comment at both meetings. Voting is postponed until June 17th. 

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