Multnomah Village warming shelter attracts dozens

Sears Building warming shelter opened Thanksgiving

Peering inside the warming shelter at the Sear Building in Multnomah Village in Portland, Nov. 28, 2015 (KOIN)
Peering inside the warming shelter at the Sear Building in Multnomah Village in Portland, Nov. 28, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — At least two dozen women took advantage of the new warming shelter in the Sears Building in Multnomah Village, and neighbors who spoke with KOIN 6 News don’t seem bothered by it.

The shelter opened on Thanksgiving but has had its critics. The Portland Tribune reported neighbors at a special community meeting voiced their concerns about crime, the number of people who might use the shelter, and the fact the city has never bused anyone like this to a shelter before.

Some people called it a recipe for a bad scenario.

But neighbors Mohammed Almafgan and Aaron Jolley don’t share that view.

I think it is a good thing so they have somewhere to put the homeless to stay because it is too cold for them. They can’t live outside. That’s my opinion,” Almafgan said.”For me it’s OK. As long as they didn’t do anything bad it’s OK for me.”

“With it so cold like this you don’t want to see anyone on the streets,” Jolley said. “I think it’s an awesome thing.”

The shelter is operated by Transition Projects, Inc. Officials said they expected more women, but temporary warming centers at places like Imago Dei Community Church opened downtown once the weather turned so cold.

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