Portland developers pitch $100 million homeless campus

A pair of high-flying Portland developers hope to build support for a $100 million-plus homeless campus to serve as a “one-stop-shop” for 1,400 people in search of nightly shelter and on-site assistance.

The unparalleled vision is being pitched by Homer Williams and Dike Dame, who have elevated their careers by delivering grand, if not initially audacious, concepts in the formerly forlorn Pearl and South Waterfront districts.

They’re now fixated on 14 acres of riverfront property owned by the city, hoping to emulate the successful “Haven for Hope” homeless facility in San Antonio, Texas. Williams is pushing the local concept – dubbed “Oregon Trail to Hope” – with a goal of securing some $60 million from businesses and foundations, leaving government agencies to pick up the rest.

“I think we can get it done here,” he said in an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive Editorial Board on Monday. “It’s not going to be easy.”

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