With Terminal 1 off the table, what’s next?

Plans for a temporary winter shelter are in the works

Homeless tents along Johnson Creek, October 17, 2016 (KOIN)
Homeless tents along Johnson Creek, October 17, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The proposal for what would have been Portland’s largest homeless shelter has fallen through, leaving many questions about where Portland’s homeless will sleep this winter.

Designs for what could be Portland's biggest homeless shelter at the Terminal 1 building. (Harbor of Hope)
Designs for what could be Portland’s biggest homeless shelter at the Terminal 1 building. (Harbor of Hope)

City commissioner Dan Saltzman pulled the plug on the “Harbor of Hope” project at Terminal 1 after months of debate and planning. That site would have housed as many as 400 people and provided social services.

“There’s a tremendous need for shelters in this city,” Saltzman said. “As you now there’s also tremendous controversy about shelters and shelter sites.”

Saltzman said it’s unlikely something of the scope of Harbor of Hope could work in Portland, especially not at that location.

“Terminal 1 is industrial land and we have a shortage of industrial land in this region and this city specifically,” he said.

There are some plans for a new temporary shelter that would provide space for about 100 people. The location for that shelter will be announced next week.

The shelter will be similar to the temporary space in a downtown office building used last winter that was donated by the Manashe family.