Why should the City operate an emergency shelter?

As long as the City of Portland continues to operate the main adult shelter in Portland, our constituents and guests are guaranteed to transparency, accountability and availability.  The City will also have control over the operation of a sensitive program that impacts the lives of so many vulnerable people, neighbors, businesses, and other groups.  If another entity were to assume control, the City has little say in how to operate or hold accountable such an impactful program.

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1. Why do we need a new shelter?
2. What kinds of services would be offered at a new location?
3. Why should the City operate an emergency shelter?
4. Why should we provide shelter services to people who are not sober or struggling with their mental health?
5. Is there support for this project among other social service providers?
6. If the shelter were to move, how would people get to work, medical appointments, apartment showings, etc.
7. How will this be received by the guests who access shelter services?
8. How many people will this building serve and what do you do if/when you fill up?
9. How would you decide who gets beds if you fill up?
10. Why are you proposing a single floor shelter rather than a two floor model ?