Helping Hands has closed one facility in Seaside as the homeless outreach center prepares to replace it with another.
Raven Russell, the outreach center’s development director, told city councilors Monday night that the center was unable to negotiate terms with their landlord for the rental of the building at 1530 U.S. Highway 101.
The “vast majority” of former residents of the facility are now served in a new housing facility in Astoria, where they have better access to county resources, Russell said.
The shelter at 286 W. Marine Drive, opened last month.
The new Seaside facility, located on the east side of U.S. Highway 101, is “much larger than it appears,” Russell said, with 10 emergency shelter beds and long-term housing.
The new facility should be open within the next two weeks. In the meantime, beds remain available at the Astoria facility, she said, with occupancy about 90 percent of capacity.
In 2004, the organization’s founder and executive director Alan Evans opened an eight-bed home for the homeless in Seaside. Helping Hands now operate 11 emergency homeless shelter and reentry program facilities, providing up to 190 beds per night in Clatsop, Tillamook, Yamhill and Lincoln counties.
The new Seaside property is owned by the state Department of Transportation and leased for $150 a month. Repairs include a new kitchen, bathrooms and flooring, Russell said. “We’re actually going to be increasing our capacity at that facility with this renovation,” she said. “We’re trying to add as many beds as we can to meet the needs of the homeless in this area.”