Southwest Portland Safe Rest Village site announced
The Sears Armory in Southwest Portland has been announced as the next Safe Rest Village homeless site.
Formally known as the SFC Jerome F. Sears Army Reserve Center, it will be home to up to 60 sleeping pods, Commissioner Dan Ryan announced on Monday, Nov. 22. Nearby businesses had been notified by phone earlier in the day. It is located at 2730 S.W. Multnomah Blvd.
"I am thrilled to announce this additional Safe Rest Village location, and I am so proud of our Safe Rest Villages team," Ryan said. "Our team continues to overcome obstacles, site these vital villages and move forward on this work that will benefit all Portlanders."
The Sears Armory site is used for Portland Police Bureau training and emergency management. It has served as an emergency shelter before and it is close to a Safeway and TriMet's #12 frequent transit bus line. It will serve a part of town without other shelters, the announcement said.
Ryan hopes to announce six managed sites in Portland before the end of the year. Previously announced locations include a site at the Menlo Park "Park & Ride" in East Portland and the 2300 block of Southwest Naito Parkway.
The sites will allow couples and pets, and welcome residents by referral only. Referrals will be made by first responders, Park Rangers, Portland Street Response and other social service providers who engage with unhoused Portlanders.
The Safe Rest Villages team will continue selecting and announcing the remaining village locations, engaging the community and preparing the sites for use, the announcement said. The Joint Office of Homeless Services is continuing to lead the site management process and working with the Safe Rest Villages team to identify service providers.
Funding is coming from the federal American Recovery Plan Act.
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