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WAPATO will be a homeless shelter after all??? too bad Khafoury!

It looks that way! the homeless charity tried to buy it but the city refused. THEN THE BIG LOCAL NAMES STEPPED IN, HOODWINKED THE CITY, bought it, and offered it to the homeless services nonprofit operator! NICE MOVE GUYS!
Khafoury has her worries.
She is so worried that homeless might become housed! oh noes, it might not be in downtown where she wants to keep them all! so they apparently just have to stay outside in the freezing cold instead, according to her....
REALLY DEBORAH? how out of touch with reality can you get? what is your problem that you insist that homeless can only live in downtown? That's plain nuts. Homeless just want/need a place with a roof over their head, and this Wapato development would offer them more than that. They can take a bus for goodness sake, if they need to go downtown!
In fact I predict that there will be a services office in the development OF COURSE.
WOW GET A BRAIN LADY! or how about a heart! we are talking human lives here!

"A Portland developer and philanthropist who now owns a stake in the shuttered Wapato Jail in North Portland has offered it to the group Harbor of Hope, which wants to open a homeless shelter there.

Portland developer Marty Kehoe bought the property in mid-April for $5 million through a limited liability company, or LLC.

Kehoe said at the time he intended to lease the property and perhaps repurpose it as a distribution facility.

Then, Monday, Willamette Week reported that Portland philanthropist and real estate scion Jordan Schnitzer had paid Kehoe $5 million for a stake in Wapato.

And Schnitzer has offered to lease it to Harbor of Hope.

"He's very civic minded. He just called me and said, 'I know you've worked hard on this and I want to give you a chance to get it done, and we'll work out something that's reasonable,'" said Homer Williams, the nonprofit's chairman.

Wapato has 510 beds and sits on 18 acres of industrial land in North Portland. A facility there could dramatically increase Portland's capacity to provide emergency shelter, but some organizations that work with homeless people view the proposal as an effort to push homeless people out of the city's downtown core.

Two weeks ago, Multnomah County rejected a last-minute offer from Harbor of Hope to buy the property for $7 million and instead completed a deal to sell the property to Kehoe.
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Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury has consistently opposed locating a shelter at Wapato, saying it would isolate poor and disadvantaged families.

"Having people who are most in need close to their children's schools, their jobs and their support networks makes a lasting difference," she said, before closing the deal to sell Wapato.".....
FROM:  https://www.opb.org/news/article/portland-oregon-wapato-jail-multnomah-county-homeless-shelter/

also  link to www.wweek.com

YES. THERE IS A GOD.
and i thank Him for these kind of "civic minded" philanthropists. This is what you call being accountable citizens and being responsible with their great wealth. Caring about and maybe even loving, their neighbor, like the Good Samaritan did.
I'm not saying they won't make any money off it, because they might, and maybe there is government funding involved. That's ok with me as long as they really do the job for hundreds or thousands of homeless NEIGHBORS.

Parable of the Good Samaritan- WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?  https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-stories/the-good-samaritan-bible-story.html

LINK TO A POLICY CHANGE NEEDED FOR HOMELESS TO GET SHELTERED 03.Jun.2018 19:30

PEM

This is another article i wrote about a simple policy change for the city and Housing Authority ( Home Forward). They ignored it but it was such a great policy idea to get more people housed. (posted in 2009 and they STILL have bad policy excluding homeless relatives from housing)
 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2009/12/396325.shtml

and to think 03.Jun.2018 20:01

pem

the city could have been 2 million ahead if they had any brains or did things right with this. As it is, they lost that 2 million by selling to Kehoe instead of directly to the Harbor of Hope.
INCOMPETENCE, CALLOUSNESS, AND MEAN SPIRITEDNESS! GOT THEM LESS THAN NOWHERE BUT , IN THE RED.

SORRY 03.Jun.2018 20:07

pem

it was the county and not the city, that handled this affair and lost the 2 million by trying to ignore and deprive the homeless.