At Long Last, Portland Announces 3 Locations For ‘Safe Rest Villages’

An underused park and ride in outer SE Portland, a section of the Springwater Corridor trail in Southeast Portland that is walking distance from one of the city’s most expensive neighborhoods, and a stretch of empty space along the waterfront on the edges of downtown Portland will be transformed into three new managed shelter sites for the houseless community, Portland city leaders announced Thursday after months of laborious planning.

Once they are up and running, only about 180 people, all of them referred by park rangers, social services providers, and other case workers, will be able to move into the three sites, which will feature individual “sleeping pods,” plus on-site toilets, showers, laundry rooms, and kitchenettes, in addition to access to on-site social service caseworkers.

Read the full story from Portland Monthly here.