Developers’ study finds deep support, ‘overwhelming’ need for homeless campus in Portland

A new feasibility study that looks at the idea of a “co-located, collaborative homeless campus” in Portland reveals significant support from local leaders.

The study, in the works since March, includes the first in-depth look at the Oregon Harbor of Hope (OHH) vision, promulgated by developers Homer Williams and Don Mazziotti. It’s being released to media today; Poor for a Minute obtained an advance copy.

It’s possible the study may prove a case of finding what it set out to find, but it’s also possible Portlanders will be talking about this document for the next few years, if the experience of San Antonio’s Haven for Hope is any guide. That 1,500-capacity shelter and services hub has been visited by more than 250 cities since its 2010 founding, spokeswoman Laura Calderon says.

The Portland Homeless Facility Feasibility Study suggests local leaders are happy to support the idea, in theory:

When asked if the vision of a co-located “transformational service and residential center” would help with the homeless situation in Portland, the study notes, “a resounding 100% of participants answered ‘yes’ with none saying, ‘no.’”

Williams, Mazziotti and other OHH supporters hope the document will hit the reset button on a skeptical public conversation around their plan, after the city’s October 25 rejection of their winter shelter at the Terminal 1 industrial site.

Read the rest of the story at Poor for a Minute.

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