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After millions spent on hotel purchases, shelter owners in Oregon face steep renovation costs

The OHRA Center in Ashland is open while going through renovations. A proposal to convert an Ontario hotel into a shelter was rejected by city officials last year. (Rep. Pam Marsh)

An Oregon project to turn hotels into temporary housing is getting a second infusion of cash after the first round added nearly 900 units, increasing the state’s supply of shelter beds by 20%. 

Project Turnkey, managed by the Oregon Community Foundation in Portland, was created by the Legislature in November 2020 in response to increased homelessness throughout Oregon. The intent was to provide temporary housing for people who were displaced by wildfires or at risk of homelessness.

Legislators now have budgeted another $50 million for the program.

A year later, 19 new shelters opened in 13 counties.

Megan Loeb is . . .