PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Hansen building is now a homeless shelter and KOIN got a peek inside Friday.
Until last week, the building was home to the Multnomah Sheriff’s office. The building now houses 38 couples, 80 women and 34 men. Shelter Manager Dana Greenwald is feeling positive about the shelter’s first week.
“It’s been going really well,” she tells KOIN. “We’re learning as we go. People are very thankful for the space.”
Greenwald says the success is due in part to the staff, who she says have strong communication.
However, KOIN spoke to some of the shelter’s new residents who painted a different picture.
“When we arrived here mats had not been cleaned or disinfected,” Rick Boyd, who moved to the Hansen Building from the Peace Shelter said.
Resident Billy Wilmath said he didn’t feel like the staff treated him as a person. “They had no training before they got into the building, so they don’t know how to deal with people that’s in this position,” he said.
Greenwald said the staff work hard to “care for people with the highest authority that we can” and that the allegations of uncleanliness are untrue.