On Monday afternoon the Portland City Council will hold a meeting to take public comment and then vote on a new $4.59 million 180-bed homeless shelter to be constructed in Portland’s Riverside neighborhood.
The proposal is being sponsored by newly-appointed Portland City Manager Danielle West.
The shelter will be owned by Developers Collaborative (DC) Blueberry LLC and DC Management LLC, and will be located at 166 Riverside Industrial Parkway.
The project will be funded by a $4,596,160 grant from the Maine State Housing Authority to the developers and the Center for Regional Prosperity, the non-profit wing of the Greater Portland Council of Governments.
All expenses to purchase, renovate, furnish and operate the shelter for its first three-year term will be paid for by the grant funds.
The city will be the primary service provider for the first 18 months of the shelter’s operation, and will be reimbursed for its services through the mostly state-funded General Assistance (GA) program.
Earlier in June Portland’s City Manager sent a letter to Gov. Janet Mills asking for increased GA reimbursement and state-level assistance in building additional shelters.
After its first 18 months of operation, the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, a nonprofit group, will take over as the shelter’s primary service provider.
A contract between the city and the same developers to build a shelter on Blueberry Road fell through in May, leaving the developers looking for other possible sites.
The City Council meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Monday.