The University of Portland opened its former athletic center as a temporary shelter for 51 of the 64 people displaced by a Jan. 4 fire at a Portland low-income apartment. Residents of Hotel Alder moved in Jan. 6 and stayed for a week, when longer-term accommodations were set. U.P. worked with the American Red Cross and Central City Concern and other community partners to provide a safe location for residents until the apartments were reopened.
“As part of our mission, the University of Portland is dedicated to service, and we are pleased to be able to provide assistance to members of our community in need,” said Jim Ravelli, vice president for university operations. Residents of Hotel Alder were evacuated during a three-alarm fire. The building, which includes 99 units of affordable housing and is on the National Register of Historic Places, sustained heavy smoke damage and some fire damage. Central City Concern is accepting donations of cash as well as emergency clothing and other items for its displaced tenants.