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Temporary shelter for homeless women, couples set to close

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A temporary shelter that serves women and couples in southwest Portland will be closing its doors at the end of the week.

The Sears Temporary Shelter in Multnomah Village, currently serves 167 women and their partners, according to Transition Projects, the agency that runs the shelter.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales promised neighbors the shelter would only be open for six months.

Jen Wishart, who has been staying at the Sears Shelter for two months, said she isn’t sure what she’s going to do once it closes.

“There’s really not a good place for women to be. This gave us the most space, this gave us the most options,” said Wishart.

Tuesday evening, Hales announced the city will be opening an additional 180 beds at the Peace Shelter downtown, which is also temporary, and currently home to 100 men on a nightly basis.

According to Transition Projects, Portland currently only has capacity to shelter 50 percent of its homeless population. 

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