1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
July 01, 2008 00:00
On Tuesday, July 01, 2008, at 4:00 pm, Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and City Commissioner Randy Leonard will join community members at the grand opening of the new Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter. The shelter, located at 11 NW 5th Avenue, will substantially enhance the City’s outreach to homeless and drug affected women by providing an emergency women’s shelter. This project had been discussed for some time but could not become a reality until December 2007, when Commissioner Randy Leonard secured funding for the capital improvement package.
The shelter will originally offer 34 beds with the ability to expand to 60 beds. The shelter also offers a day access center offering showers, rest room facilities, and a safe environment to obtain assistance with permanent housing. Until today, the women’s shelter was located at 131 SW Ankeny Street. That facility is currently being renovated and will re-open July 14, 2008, as a drug treatment facility for 12 male chronic drug and drug related property crime offenders in conjunction with the Neighborhood Livability Crime Enforcement Program. The Neighborhood Livability Crime Enforcement Program has been instrumental in significantly reducing crime in Downtown Portland.
Sgt. Pete Simpson