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City Day Storage Program

Day storage unit


In February 2016, the City launched this program to provide day storage and other services for individuals experiencing homelessness. Lack of secure storage is a huge barrier for homeless residents in seeking services, treatment, job interviews, or other routine daily events.

The City procured two specially retrofitted cargo containers that accommodate carts and other belongings. Additionally, the containers are equipped with a trash dumpster, two LED-lit port-o-potties, needle containers, and information kiosks. They are portable, so they can be moved where the population most needs them, and to distribute any impacts.

One day storage unit is located on the west end of the Steel Bridge and operated by Central City Concern’s Clean Start Program, employing a man who was once homeless. It is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 6 pm daily with a 1 hour lunch from 12 pm to 1 pm. While the container will be securely locked up when it’s closed, the toilets will be open 24 hours a day. The second site is located near the Hazelnut Grove campsite in North Portland and is operated by the camp for the camp residents.

  Number of Individuals Served at Day Storage Unit Next to Steel Bridge
  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
January 230 770 1316 1414 503
February 295 534 1076 1655 346
March 404 777 1381 1717 358
April 480 657 1696 1398  
May 681 833 1851 1213  
June 671 769 1926 965  
July 578 610 2015 911  
August 671 707 2005 836  
September 682 624 1824 491  
October 813 889 1962 633  
November 660 1306 1606 573  
December 578 1484 1374 544