A Brief History
Arbor Lodge Shelter | Then*
December 2020 | JOHS purchased the site using federal COVID-19 response funding.
February 2021 | Offered emergency shelter for severe snow, cold, and ice weather.
Summer 2021 | Provided a 24-hr cooling space and was used as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
November 2021 | A 24-hr, reservation-only emergency adult shelter, with a two-stage plan:
- Interim Shelter | Nov. 2021 – Oct. 2022 – 24/7 shelter operated by Do Good Multnomah, funded by JOHS Metro Supportive Housing Services dollars. Serves 58 adults inside, plus 12 people in sleeping pods outside. Allowed for people to shelter during design work.
- Long-Term Shelter | April 2023 – 24/7 shelter operated by Do Good Multnomah with JOHS funding.
October 10, 2022 | Arbor Lodge Shelter guest were moved, some into permanent housing and some into other shelter sites. The site was used as a severe weather shelter during the winter months.
March 16, 2023 | Groundbreaking start of construction. Construction is still underway with an expected completion in 2024, where a grand opening ceremony will be conducted.
A Good Neighbor Agreement is in process, in partnership with the shelter’s operator, Do Good Multnomah, as well as the Joint Office, neighbors of the Arbor Lodge Shelter, and others. Together they designed renovation plans for the high-quality, professionally-designed long-term shelter.
*Note: The existing outdoor sleeping units have been stored and saved for future use. Shower and restroom trailers have been removed from the site.