Portland to close overflow shelter

… Because of high demand for emergency shelter beds, much of it driven by out-of-town users, the city has been paying for an overflow shelter at the Preble Street Resource Center. When the overflow is full, people are sent to a warming center at the city’s General Assistance office, where they can sit in chairs and wait for a mat to open up.

Stiles said the city will close the overflow shelter on June 1, which will save $128,000 in rent and three staff positions to be eliminated. The warming center will remain open …

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