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Day storage containers now available to homeless community in Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Storage containers designed to help homeless people in Portland are now open for use.

The Day Storage Pilot Program offers two sites for the homeless community to store their belongings during the day.

One of the sites is near the Steel Bridge and the other location is at an existing campsite near the intersection of North Greeley and Interstate Avenue.

The containers will open Monday through Friday, in the morning from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and in the afternoon from 3:30 to 5 p.m. They have shelves, garbage and needle disposal containers, and toilets. The toilets will be open 24 hours a day.

People can stop by in the morning to drop things off, then come back in the afternoon to pick their items up.

The hope is that the homeless will then be able to connect with housing services, go to job interviews or seek treatment.

"There are lots of people out on the street who want to get off the street. And it's really hard to go look for a job or go to a job interview or do any of the stuff if you have all of your possessions with you all the time," said Jay McIntyre, Clean & Safe Program Manager with Central City Concern.

The Day Storage Pilot Program is scheduled to end in September.

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