PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An old motel in Southeast Portland is being transformed into a much-needed emergency shelter for families. 

The shelter, Lilac Meadows, will be operated by Human Solutions — a private contractor that works with Multnomah County. 

Twelve families are expected to move in once the shelter is ready later in June but it will have enough room for up to 40 families. 

A portable kitchen and social services will be provided. 

The county is leasing the former motel, which means it’s a cheaper alternative to paying daily room rates for families in need. 

The opening of Lilac Meadows comes after the county shut down another shelter at Southeast 160th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street in 2018 due to roof leaks and crumbling drywall. 

Parents and children living there were housed in motels; however, KOIN 6 News learned they are all living in permanent housing now.