Work begins on 150-unit RV, tent shelter

Construction crews will soon begin moving ground to build the planned City of Portland 150-unit homeless facility north of St. Johns town center. The site at 10505 N. Portland Road, is adjacent to the Columbia Slough and will have 130 spaces for RVs and campers as well as 20 pods for individual campers.

Homeless RV, tent and tiny house site near St. Johns
Homeless RV and tent site in St. Johns

Workers began grading the property after the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s recent approval of the City’s contaminated land management plan. Crews plan to pave over the site.

Urban Alchemy will manage the facility expected to open this summer. It will provide shared kitchen, shower, and laundry facilities as well as on-site mental health and addiction services. Homeless individuals already living within North Portland will be considered first for relocation to the camp. Urban Alchemy also currently manages the Safe Rest Village site on the railroad cut between the Cathedral Park and University Park neighborhoods.

Temporary Alternative Shelter Site (TASS) will start development
Temporary Alternative Shelter Site (TASS) to start development

Hank Smith, Mayor Ted Wheeler’s policy advisor on the 150-unit project, is working to establish a Good Neighbor Agreement between the city and the St. Johns Neighborhood Association.