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Portland considering using parking garage as nighttime homeless shelter

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A spokesperson for Mayor Charlie Hales said the city is considering opening city-owned parking garages, such as the one at Southwest 1st Avenue and Southwest Jefferson Street, for the city’s homeless residents to use during severe weather. (KPTV) A spokesperson for Mayor Charlie Hales said the city is considering opening city-owned parking garages, such as the one at Southwest 1st Avenue and Southwest Jefferson Street, for the city’s homeless residents to use during severe weather. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A new idea could give homeless people in Portland a covered place to spend the night by using some city-owned parking garages.

A spokesperson for Mayor Charlie Hales said the city is considering opening city-owned parking garages, such as the one at Southwest 1st Avenue and Southwest Jefferson Street, for the city’s homeless residents to use during severe weather.

The city would have an agency manage and monitor the site, similar to the way that the way Transition Projects manages the Sears and Menashe shelters. Like those two locations, a parking garage would only be open for use as a shelter at night.

There is no time frame as of yet for when the city would want to put this plan into active use.

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