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Salvation Army shelter moves out last few women

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The Salvation Army said it will do better to get funding in the future

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Salvation Army Women’s Shelter, which has been around for 20 years, is shutting down.

The Salvation Army shelter lost its public funding in June after giving incomplete answers on a new application. The Joint Office of Homeless Services will redistribute that money to other providers.

“They didn’t qualify for our funds this time, so we have to work with them to make improvements going forward we don’t know how long that will take but it’s not happening right now,” said Denis Theriault with the Joint Office of Homeless Services.

Since the funding loss, the shelter has been unable to support the 85 women inside and has relocated the majority of them to other available shelters.

Five remaining women had to move out Wednesday.

The Salvation Army vowed to do better applying for money in the future. It will use this time to remodel the kitchen at the facility and will bee operating 34 single rooms in the building.

“It’s not surprising,” Major Robert Lloyd with the Salvation Army said. “We are at a moment in time when we need to pause restructure and refocus and see what the current needs are.”

The Joint Center for Homeless Services said with new beds opening at the River Navigation Center, there will not be fewer beds in the city.

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