Portland remains committed to 150-bed homeless shelter

PORTLAND — City officials know a 150-bed homeless shelter will not be built on the grounds of the Barron Center.

But where it goes and how long it may take to develop partnerships for more specialized care for the city’s homeless remains unsettled.

“This is a very good path we are on to reduce overall need at a shelter,” City Manager Jon Jennings said Nov. 30, several days after the City Council Health & Human Services and Public Safety Committee recommended a 150-bed service center model to replace the Oxford Street Shelter.

The committee also recommended city staff move ahead with a variety of potential partnerships with area nonprofits to provide beds for women, people 55 and over, and those needing care for mental health and substance use disorder.

The Forecaster