November 5th, 2009 By JONATHAN CROWL | News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Multnomah County, CLEAN UP

As The Crappy Weather Arrives, Portland Shelters Make Room for More Homeless



At the same time that the heavy wind and rain roll in to Portland, Multnomah County is announcing this year's plan to provide shelter for those caught in the fall and winter storms to come.

Nearly 600 shelter beds are available year-round for families, adults, youth and those fleeing domestic violence. But up to 422 beds will be installed at local emergency shelters to provide more space for those expecting to sleep outside this winter.

The increase comes as a response to the 585 people -- 220 children -- left out in the cold during Multnomah County's One Night Shelter Count last year. (An estimated 1,600 people sleep on Portland streets every night.)

If you're interested in helping, Multnomah County is in dire need of supplies, including blankets, pillows, food and winter coats. Visit www.humansolutions.org or call 503-548-0228 to donate.

Services for homeless families from November through March include:

The Warming Center for Homeless Families, 1435 NE 81st Avenue, open from 7 pm to 7 am daily with a capacity for up to 60 family members.

Two-day shelters will be available to homeless families, including the expansion of the Daybreak Shelter in East Portland, 12727 SE Market St., and the opening of the 13 Salmon Family Shelter of the First Unitarian Church, (Southwest 13th Avenue and Salmon Street).

Two-night shelters that also will be available, including the continuance of the Daybreak Shelter and the re-opening of the Goose Hollow Family Shelter, 1838 SW Jefferson St.
 
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