Jupiter hotel in Portland will remain a homeless shelter

A hotel intended to house Portland’s homeless during the pandemic will continue to do so for at least the next six months.

PORTLAND, Oregon – The Jupiter Hotel in Portland will continue to serve as a homeless shelter for at least the next six months, according to general manager Nick Pearson.

The hotel has been housing homeless people for over a year during the pandemic.

Jillian Hamblin is recovering from COVID-19. She’s been at the hotel for two weeks.

“It has been a lifeline,” Hamblin said. “I don’t know what I would have done, it’s good that people finally help me.”

The hotel’s homeless shelter is made possible through a partnership with Multnomah County and the county is renting the space. The hotel and county struck the deal in March 2020. At the time, the county was looking for additional space to help homeless people self-quarantine and follow social distancing guidelines to slow the spread of the disease. virus.

“Everyone who comes has their own room,” said Pearson. “Most people are on a 14 day stay, so enough time to clear COVID or disease before returning to a collective shelter. “

Pearson said that in the past year around 1,500 people have been quarantined at the hotel.

The Banfield Motel is also being used as a homeless shelter and will continue to do so for the next six months, according to the county.

Hamblin said shelter is crucial.

“If we hadn’t had that I would have been homeless there, I would have given these two, twenty or thirty people a day,” Hamblin said. “You can’t help it, when you’re homeless you share everything, so everyone understands.”

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