PORTLAND, Oregon – An Oregon lawmaker hopes a constructed, but never used, jail in North Portland could be used as a facility for helping the homeless.
The Wapato Jail in North Portland was purchased by Portland’s Jordan Schnitzer, and he has been looking for a way to repurpose it to provide shelter and services for the homeless.
“Jordan is spending about $60,000 a month keeping that facility up and not demolished,” Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) said.
Johnson said she was on a tour of Wapato Monday with the federal housing and urban development’s regional director.
“If it did nothing else was to dispel the false negative rumor that somehow this would become a detention facility for homeless,” Johnson said.
Johnson said while no decisions have been made yet, she hopes opponents of Schnitzer’s plan will have a change of heart.