A week ago, the Portland Business Alliance came into my office with one of its members. This member had a building downtown that he would be selling in the coming months, but the business tenants were gone and the building lay dormant. Could we use it as a temporary shelter?
Within a week, we had done all the necessary inspections, prioritized funds, and lined up a nonprofit partner to run services. This new site will add 100 beds to our shelter capacity this winter and will open less than a month from the offer to provide space.