Partnerships added to Portland proposals for homeless shelters

PORTLAND — One planned emergency homeless shelter could become many, after city councilors on Tuesday were expected to continue to discuss how to replace the Oxford Street Shelter.

The revised plan that could add city partnerships with Avesta Housing and the Opportunity Alliance to the new model is not enough for District 3 Councilor Brian Batson.

“What I proposed looking at is two low-barrier shelters to go with the partnerships,” Batson said Monday as he prepared for Tuesday’s Health & Human Services and Public Safety Committee meeting.

Essentially, there are few entry restrictions for adults at low-barrier shelters, most notably no residency requirements.

The Forecaster