Human Solutions is reopening its office Monday, Jan. 9, following a fire that closed its Portland office for nearly three months.
The office, located at 12350 S.E. Powell Blvd., closed on Oct. 15, after a fire caused extensive smoke and water damage to the building. Low-income and homeless people needing social services from the nonprofit agency had to go five miles to the east at Human Solutions' new Rockwood Building, at 124 N.E. 181st Ave.
'We know that the closure of our Portland office caused a hardship for some of our clients, who didn't have the transportation to travel to our Rockwood location or had to find a ride,' said Jean DeMaster, Human Solutions executive director. 'We're very relieved to get the building repaired and reopened to start the new year.'
The fire caused $200,000 in damage to the building, which is owned by the city of Portland. Efforts to extinguish the blaze caused water and smoke damage.
On Friday, Jan. 6, 17 employees who were displaced by the fire and working out of the agency's new Rockwood offices moved back into the Powell Boulevard offices.
Human Solutions is the largest provider of services to homeless families in East Portland and East Multnomah County. More than 30,000 people a year are served out of the agency's Portland office - with everything from job training to energy assistance.
The Portland office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Its community room is available for free seven days a week during the day and early evening. Human Solutions can be reached by calling 503-548-0200 and through its website, humansolutions.org.