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Multnomah County puts up ‘sleeping pods’ at outdoor homeless shelters

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'Sleeping pods' have been erected in Portland to house homeless during winter

 PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV ) -- It's getting colder in Portland, and with temperatures dropping, the Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services knew they had to winterize their outdoor shelters.

Previously, the outdoor camp on Water Avenue in Southeast Portland had several tents set up for tenants until the county provided sleeping pods. Each pod has windows, a bed, shelving, electricity and heat to help keep people warm through the winter months.

The county began putting the structures up Thanksgiving week, and all 100 of them are spread out between three different outdoor shelters in the county. One camp is in Old Town and two in the Central Eastside.

The Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services bought the sleeping pods with money they received from the federal CARES Act. All 100 cost a total of about $700,000.

Marc Jolin is the director of homeless services, and said he knows this is not a permanent housing solution.

"They provide safety, protection from the elements, and a good place to be on a short-term basis, but they're not intended to replace a permanent housing situation," Jolin said. "Our goal, as with every shelter program, is folks have access to this. It's safety off the streets. It's an opportunity to stabilize and work on moving from there onto an apartment and a home of their own, ultimately."

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  1. As with all city sponsored camps and shelters these will be city managed.

    That means rules to include no drugs/alcohol…no pets…and COVID testing.

    A portion of the population will ignore the pod opportunity because of the above. Just as they decline the tent camps.

    That’s reality.

    Otherwise it is good idea and option, if well managed.

  2. If Jeff Bezos donated a single day’s income to build some of these, that would be over 45,000 of them.
    Homelessness should not be a problem in our country.

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