Specialized options rise in Portland’s search for shelter site

PORTLAND — It may be March before the public can weigh in on where the city puts a new shelter and service center for the homeless.

But as members of the City Council Health & Humans Services and Public Safety committees winnow down a list of 14 potential locations presented by city staff, details about potential partnerships for specialized housing and services are coming into focus.

Councilor Belinda Ray, the committee chairwoman, and Councilors Pious Ali and Brian Batson began discussing the site list Jan. 22, noting that nothing is final.

Plans still call for the city to build a 150-bed shelter and service center, but the  first and fastest site eliminated was the Barron Center property on Brighton Avenue.

The Forecaster