Portland City Council approves new 180-bed shelter for asylum seekers

Portland City Council approves new 180-bed shelter for asylum seekers

 

 

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Nearly 200 shelter beds are going up in the Riverton neighborhood in Portland.

With the Portland Expo ending its second stint as an emergency shelter in August, the city was pressured to provide transitional housing to asylum seekers.

The building on Riverside Industrial Parkway will be rehabbed into a 180-bed emergency shelter for asylum seekers. City leaders hope this will not only give them a place to stay but help reduce homeless encampments around the city.

“This is an emergency solution to a humanitarian crisis,” Portland City Councilor Anna Trevorrow said.

In an 8-1 vote, the Portland City Council passed the plan for a new shelter. ...

 

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