Motels for homeless will open in February at the earliest


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is reviewing 19 applications from non-profits and government agencies in 14 different counties to create unconventional motels-turned-apartment complexes to house wildfire victims and others experiencing homelessness.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports this comes three months after the Legislature allocated $65 million to buy motels to combat homelessness.

Deschutes County is among those seeking funds to turn an as-yet-undetermined hotel into a homeless shelter in Bend.

City of Bend to explore buying hotel to serve as homeless shelter

However, the non-profit organization tasked with vetting applicants and distributing money to purchase the motels now anticipates that the first properties won’t be available for occupancy until at least mid-February, more than a month after the agency had hoped to start having units available.


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