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SW Portland neighborhood voicing concerns over new women's shelter

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Some people in the Multnomah Village area are not happy about a new women's homeless shelter opening on Thursday.

The shelter will be in an old Army Reserve center and will only be used during the night. Because the building is owned by the Feds, the city had to reach out to White House staff.

Mayor Charlie Hales called the White House to ask them about using the facility for homeless women. They said the city could use it for six months, mainly because Portland passed a state of emergency for housing.

The building can house around 150 women.

While the shelter has plenty of support, some neighbors have offered to donate items to the women, but not everyone is excited about it.

People voiced their concerns on the Multnomah Village neighborhood Facebook group, writing that they are worried about crime and the kind of people it would bring to the area.

One concerned neighbor said 'How is this a question? We have an amazing neighborhood. Why jeopardize it with a situation that is sad, yes, but it historically accompanied by crime and destruction to a neighborhood. No way.'

"If it were my neighborhood, I would have concerns as well I'm sure, but, working in favor of this emergency initiative, it's for 6 months only, it's for night time only, it's primarily geared to women living on streets. And we're doing all we can based on knowledge and experience of how to run shelters," said George Devendorf, Executive Director of Transition Projects.

Since this is a night-only shelter, and not downtown, women will be picked up in Old Town and dropped off in the morning.

The city hired a private charter for the first two weeks, which will cost about $8,000.

After two weeks, Ride Connection will be picking up the women. Ride Connection is a branch of TriMet.

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