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The former Greyhound Bus Station in Old Town adds 100 beds to the emergency shelter system.

CONTRIBUTED - The former Greyhound Bus Station in Old Town.Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Thursday, Oct. 22, that the former Greyhound Bus Station in Old Town will open as a 100-bed homeless shelter.

Wheeler had previously directed city agencies to create hundreds of additional homeless beds to help relocate people living outdoors as winter approaches. The other two shelters are in the Charles Jordan and Mt. Scott community centers owned and operated by Portland Parks & Recreation.

Together, the three shelters will offer up to 275 additional beds. They will be funded by the city, Multnomah County and the Joint Office of Homeless Services, and will be staffed by the nonprofit Transition Projects and Do Good Multnomah.

"I'm very appreciative of the Joint Office, Multnomah County, and our nonprofit partners for working together and with urgency to bring these 275 new beds online. And I'm grateful to Transition Projects, Do Good Multnomah, Portland Parks & Recreation and others who stepped up to help us achieve this goal," Wheeler said. "Because of their good work, hundreds of vulnerable community members will have a safe indoor space to sleep, store their belongings and receive services as the pandemic continues through the winter months."

The Greyhound Bus Station shelter will be open through March 2021, and will prioritize people with disabilities, those over 55 and veterans. All three sites will be open 24 hours and offer resources, including housing navigation services, three meals a day, showers and laundry.

"There's never a good time to be out on the streets, but this winter is shaping up to be a particularly dangerous one," said Shaynna Hobson, Director of Shelter Services for Transition Projects. "We're glad to be partnering with the city and county to ensure that 100 folks will have a warm, dry, safe place to sleep each night this winter."

The former Greyhound Bus Station has been vacant since Sept 1, 2019. The owners are seeking to sell the site, but agreed to enter into a short term lease for the main floor of the building and the large outdoor bus loading area.

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