In 45 days, pastor Michelle McLaughlin hopes to turn the never before used Wapato Jail in north Portland into a homeless shelter.With more than 500 beds, running water and a heating system, McLaughlin said the facility is the perfect place to house those who are in need. This comes on the heels of the recent sweep of the Springwater Trail."Today we submitted a proposal to purchase and lease the property," she said. "We would like to just meet the needs of whoever walks through the door."According to McLaughlin, she envisions a place with enough beds and rooms for battered women, people with drug addictions and those simply trying to get back on their feet.She said services such as counseling, medical help and much more would be available. "For me, this is really an issue of humanity," McLaughlin said.She added, "A lot of people won't even look homeless people in the eye and that breaks my heart and soul. Not doing this because I'm a pastor, I'm doing this because I'm a human being and I see the need."Wapato is divided into separate units and lofts. According to McLaughlin, this would be ideal to separate different groups of society. In the past, others have tried to make this similar idea a reality but they did not have the backing of the county.McLaughlin said this time around things seem different. "This is a nonprofit that we're starting that is going to fund this. So, it will take the burden off of the city, where right now they’re spending about half a million dollars a year just to maintain it," she said. She said the building has been so well-maintained over the years that people could probably move in three days after inspections and cleanings. It's now just a matter of getting the funding to do it. "We are looking to raise $2.1 million through crowdsourcing once we get the proposal approved," McLaughlin said.A public forum will be held this Thursday in downtown Portland to discuss the ins and outs of the new proposal for the jail.Copyright 2016 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.