Portland officials identify 14 ‘reasonable’ sites for potential new homeless shelters

Portland officials have identified more than a dozen potential sites for city councilors to consider for one or more new homeless shelters.

The list of 14 sites identified as “reasonable” alternatives includes two parcels near the waterfront and downtown, as well as the former West School property in Libbytown and several others on the outskirts of the city.

The city staff will present the list to the council’s Public Safety and Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday night.

City Manager Jon Jennings said staff members are asking the committee, which includes Councilors Pious Ali and Brian Batson, for input about which locations and models to explore further.

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