Address: 6130 SE Foster Road
Size of property: 13,390 sq. ft.
Beds: 120, for women and couples
Lease amount: $1/sq. ft, rising to $1.21/sq. ft
Length of lease: 10 years, with two five-year options
Property owner: Winson International LLC

PROGRAMMING and amenities

Shelter residents will have 24-hour access to the facility. And they will have access to a range of services on site, including food through a professional-grade kitchen, health services through a built-in clinic, individually accessible bathrooms and showers, storage, computers, and a variety of social services.

Though the site is accessible 24 hours, to accommodate shift workers or residents with class schedules, most shelter guests will be subject to a general nighttime curfew.

Read: Transition Projects’ FAQ on the Laurelwood Center

Learn more: See the full list of adult shelters operated by Transition Projects, and learn more about policies and programming.

The space includes an outdoor courtyard so that people can gather outdoors, socialize, smoke, etc. without having to leave the building. That area will allow guests to be with their pets. Items such as waste bags are also available if residents wish to take their pets off site.

Learn more: Read Transition Projects' guidelines and expectations for guests who are caring for pets or service animals. (PDF)

The building is close to several very important services. Within a short walk or bus ride there is the SE Works, a community center, Portland Community College, a library, and a wide range of retail services on 82nd Avenue.

There is not a concentration of facility-based social services. But because the site is close to frequent public transportation service, individuals needing to reach clinics and other site based services will be able to do so.


This model provides a more stable and supportive environment for guests and reduces the potential impact on surrounding properties by eliminating queueing and the need for people to remain in the neighborhood with their belongings during the day.

The shelter services are only available to registered guests who have reserved beds. Guests can make reservations at a day center downtown, or over the phone. There will not be walk-up day center services, reducing the risk that people without shelter will congregate or choose to camp near the shelter.

Outreach teams worked, even before the shelter opened, to identify people in the neighborhood who would benefit from the shelter.