PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After much debate about whether a homeless warming shelter should close at the end of the month or stay open, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has made a decision.
Hales said he will keep to the original plan of closing the temporary shelter May 31 and move the 180 women and their partners to an existing shelter in downtown Portland.
The Peace Shelter, though, is also temporary and will close in July.
The Peace Shelter currently provides 80 beds for homeless men, but will expand to accommodate the women from the Sears shelter.
Mayor Hales hopes to have 800 more beds available by the end of the year.