Planning for a New Homeless Services Center
It is the goal of the City of Portland to undertake work on a new state-of-the-art, one-story, adult emergency shelter to replace the Oxford Street Shelter. The new shelter will be open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week with on-site meals and a wide range of services including: health and mental health care, substance use treatment, housing assistance, peer support, case management, employment assistance, and more.
The City of Portland’s shelter guests and valued staff deserve to live and work in a respectful and safe environment. We will no longer allow some of our most vulnerable community members to live in inadequate conditions and in locations where they are easily abused, taken advantage of, and judged for their perceived shortcomings.
The current adult shelter on Oxford Street is leased, poorly configured, and requires residents to vacate the facility every morning with all of their belongings. The building has three floors which require almost double the number of staff who could oversee guests in a single-story building designed specifically as a shelter. It also has cramped sleeping space which necessitates floor mats rather than cots and utilizes a large area for sleeping in the eaves of the building.
This page contains information about all of the staff presentations made and public testimony given as the Committee has worked through the public process. We will continue to update the page as new information is shared. Thank you for your interest and support.
The Council's Health and Human Services and Public Safety Committee moved to recommend the Angelo’s Acre and Riverside locations to the full Council at the April 16, 2019 meeting. The City Council will have a first read at the May 20, 2019 meeting.
*UPDATE* The Council postponed the public hearing from May 20 to June 3 due to how long the meeting ran because of the FY20 budget items. The Council did take public comment from those who stayed late and wished to speak that night, however, everyone else at the meeting was told they could return on June 3 and speak then instead, but people could not comment at both meetings. Voting is postponed until June 17th.
2019 Committee Presentations & Information
- Health and Human Services Homeless Services Center Jan 22 2019 Meeting Presentation
- HHS and PS Informational Memo 3.19.2019
- Staying at Oxford Street in 2018
- Shelter Location Criteria.2.26.2019pdf
- Jennings Memo Airport Land Use
- HHS Informational Memo 3.26.219
- City-owned Properties from Montefusco of Assessor via email of 2-4-2019
- Transient Water Deaths
- Transient Drownings Table
- 636 Riverside Street Soils and Geotechnical Information
- DEP Email Re VRAP Certification
- Shelter Location Provider Feedback for 3.19.19
Fall 2018 Committee Presentations & Information
Summer 2018 Documents
- Staff Recommendation for New Homeless Services Center - HHS Committee Presentation June 26, 2018
- City Unveils Staff Recommendation for Location of New Homeless Services Center
- Best Practices for New Shelter
- Draft Shelter Floor Plan
- Emergency Shelter April 11 GPCOG with Maine Towns
- Service Components 072817
- Shelter Expanded Zoning Council Approved 2017
- Response to Canvasser Script August 16, 2018
Supporting Documents for September 8, 2018: The Future of Homeless Services in Portland
- The Future of Homeless Services in Portland September 8, 2018
- HHS and PS Homeless Services Center Question Answers
- Consumer Survey OSS HSC
- Site Selection Matrix Summary Explanatories 9-5-18
- 10 Restriction Protocol
- Response to Canvasser Script 8.14_RebuttalbyCanvassGroup
- Public Comment for HHS and P September 8 and 11
- Submitted Comments HHS and PS July 10
- Proposed Location of the Homeless Services Center
- Proposed HSC budget Aug 30
- HSC Site Assessment Matrix (Final) 8-30-18
- HSC Memo
- Housing Characteristics Bayside and Nasons Corner
- Homeless Services Center Good Neighbor Contract
- Good Neighbor Policy Chart