Operation Nightwatch, an organization that runs a homeless shelter for men, has a temporary new home after months of uncertainty caused by a city decision to take over its former location in the International District for a new low-barrier shelter.
The new shelter will operate for six months out of a city-owned building located at 1117 Northeast Boat St. in the University District. That facility will be demolished and the site converted into a park at the end of the year.
Operation Nightwatch used to provide services and a place to sleep for 75 men out of the Pearl Warren building on 12th Avenue, but City Hall took that building for its new Navigation Center. The Navigation Center will serve an equal number of people, but it will be open 24 hours and allow people to bring “pets, possessions and partners,” which is uncommon for day shelters.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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