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Hansen Building homeless shelter to open doors Friday

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In response to Portland’s growing homeless population, the new homeless shelter in Northeast Portland’s Hansen Building is set to open its doors Friday.

Portland and Multnomah County officials announced the plans to convert the building into a homeless shelter earlier this month.

The building was originally home to several staff from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. The staffers were relocated to a building on 47th Avenue and Burnside Street, formerly belonging to the Portland Police Bureau.

The homeless shelter is set to serve 200 people and will primarily cater to single women, couples, veterans, disabled men and men over 55 years of age.

Officials said those who wish to live in the shelter must sign up with Multnomah County for space.

The city and county’s joint office of homeless services, in partner with Transition Projects Inc., will offer housing and health services for homeless residents.

Many neighbors in the area are not happy with the installment of the new shelter.

Some feel it is dangerous to have so many homeless people near schools and play areas for children.

Other neighbors are upset that a decision was made with little public input or knowledge.  

The Hansen Building shelter will cost an estimated $1.3 million annually and feature about a dozen staff members. 

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