Portland developer offers 6 month homeless shelter

Developer Thomas Cody offered up a spot for 6 months

This building at 333 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland will be a homeless shelter during the winter, October 28, 2016 (KOIN)
This building at 333 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland will be a homeless shelter during the winter, October 28, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With the colder months looming, city and county officials announced plans Friday morning for a winter homeless shelter in downtown Portland.

Officials announced a new homeless shelter at 333 SW Park in downtown Portland, October 28, 2016 (KOIN)
Officials announced a new homeless shelter at 333 SW Park in downtown Portland, October 28, 2016 (KOIN)

The building at 333 SW Park between Oak and Stark — along O’Bryant Square — will house 100 adults this winter.

It’s an historic property being redeveloped, and developer Tom Cody is offering it up for 6 months, likely beginning around Thanksgiving.

Cody said he opposed the idea of a shelter at Terminal 1 because it’s an industrial site.

At Cody’s building, the homeless space would be on the first floor. He said he has to wait several months for the design approval and permits to remodel into an office building. Since it would be vacant during the winter, he made the offer to city and county officials.

The Friday announcement included remarks by Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, Transition Projects executive director George Devendorf and Cody.

Hales and the commissioners said they know a permanent solution is needed, but this will add some temporary shelter during the cold months ahead.

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The community-wide effort “A Home For Everyone” focuses on 6 areas to prevent and end homelessness:

> Housing
> Income and Benefits
> Health
> Survival and Emergency Services
> Access to services
> Systems coordination