Multnomah County purchased the Arbor Lodge shelter site, a former Rite Aid, with one-time COVID-19 funding last year. But this year, thanks to funding from the state, the Joint Office of Homeless Services will operate Arbor Lodge as a 24/7 winter shelter for the next several months while it works to design and construct a long-term shelter on the site starting next fall.
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On worst nights, no one will be turned away, officials say
With forecasters expecting an especially cold and wet winter, leaders from Portland and Multnomah County have reaffirmed their promise to provide no-turn-away shelter and transportation on the most dangerous nights of the year.