The Uniontown Apartments in Astoria could soon house the homeless.

The Uniontown Apartments in Astoria could soon house the homeless.

Colin Murphey / The Daily Astorian

A former Finnish boarding house in Uniontown could become a dormitory for homeless people looking to get back on their feet.

Helping Hands, a nonprofit that works with the homeless to rebuild their lives and find jobs and housing, announced it has entered a purchase agreement with Northwest Oregon Housing Authority to buy the large yellow house on Marine Drive next door to Motel 6.

The organization plans to turn the boarding house into dorm-style temporary housing. Alan Evans, the nonprofit’s executive director, hopes the house can accommodate up to 60 or 70 beds, a portion of which would be set aside for emergency shelter.

Helping Hands is already well-established in Seaside, but an expansion to Astoria is a critical step, said Raven Brown, the organization’s development director.

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