Alliance supports piloting a homeless shelter at Wapato Jail



Alliance supports piloting a homeless shelter at Wapato Jail

The Alliance is urging the Multnomah County Commission to explore a near-term pilot project to use a portion of the vacant Wapato jail facility as a homeless shelter.
The Alliance is urging the Multnomah County Commission to explore a near-term pilot project to use a portion of the vacant Wapato jail facility as a homeless shelter. The Alliance responded to a memo from the County outlining barriers to the use of Wapato as a facility-based shelter with services, including financing restrictions, operating costs, land use compatibility and accessibility. The Alliance recognizes that, while Wapato may not be a perfect solution, it makes no sense for the building to be sitting useless after more than a decade, especially given the pressing need for homeless services in the community. Read the letter and the Tribune Op-Ed