Homeless shelter to open in Shleifer Furniture building

The shelter will house up to 100 men, women and couples

The old Shleifer Furniture building is set to become a homeless shelter, April 17, 2017 (KOIN)
The old Shleifer Furniture building is set to become a homeless shelter, April 17, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A homeless shelter will open on Monday in the old Shleifer Furniture building.

Beds at the homeless shelter in the Shleifer Furniture Building, April 17 2017. (KOIN)

The site at 509 SE Grand will be the new home of the Columbia shelter that is currently in the Washington Center Building at SW 4th and Washington.

The new shelter will house up to 100 people including men, women and couples.

The shelter will remain open into the fall before the building owners start work to restore the 111-year-old building. Shleifer Furniture closed in the fall after 80 years in business.

Mayor Ted Wheeler was at the opening of the shelter at 9 a.m. Monday.