Emergency Shelter for Single Asylum Seekers Opens on Wednesday

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A new emergency shelter is slated to open on Wednesday, November 29 and will be prioritized for singles with wrap-around services tailored to asylum seekers.  The city of Portland H&H Services staff will be operating the shelter for the first 18 months and aine Immigration Rights Coalition (MRC) will be providing food services.  Following the 18 month period, MRS will staff and operate the shelter according to a press release received from the city late this evening.

The opening of the shelter at 166 Riverside Street will allow the city to free up roughly 120 shelter beds at the Homeless Services Center (HSC).  The city is also adding an addidtional 50 beds to the 208 – bed HSC through the use of a limited emergency recently approved by the city council.  These roughly 170 beds will be prioritized for individuals sleeping outside as the HSC includes wrap-around services tailored to those who are circumstantially and chronically homeless.  The city is working through a plan to open up blocks of shelter beds each week as it takes time to complete the intakek process.

Developers Collaborative was able to construct this new emergeny shelter thanks to a grant.