A Home for Everyone's shared vision: No one should be homeless;
everyone needs a safe, stable place to call home.
Three years ago, our community took a stand against a housing crisis that is still pushing thousands of neighbors onto our streets.
The City of Portland, Multnomah County, Home Forward and the City of Gresham joined with others to invest in A Home for Everyone, our region’s first truly comprehensive strategy for addressing homelessness.
A Home for Everyone unites elected officials and people who’ve experienced homelessness with leaders from the faith, philanthropy, business and nonprofit communities around a shared vision and carefully chosen strategies in housing, employment, health, and emergency services.
Our vision is ambitious. Alongside our successful pledge to double shelter capacity, our partners promised to put more people back into housing while keeping more neighbors from losing their homes in the first place. We’ve also made it clear that our work must confront and reduce racial disparities.
Together, we’re making progress -- and helping more people than ever.
Since we started A Home for Everyone in 2014, housing placements have climbed 65 percent, by nearly 2,000 people a year (nearly 4,900).
Our community has set new records for shelter access, with more than 8,500 people accessing shelter last year. And for the first time, more people are sleeping in shelter each night than outside -- including twice as many people in families -- in our most recent Point in Time Count.
Hundreds more people a year are kept from losing their homes (more than 6,000). And we’ve made a difference by prioritizing services for communities of color, women, veterans and more.
But we have more work to do. The gap between rents and incomes in our community remains staggering, particularly for people on the edge. The economy is still pushing people into homelessness faster than we can help them.
Racial disparities persist. And more people report being chronically homeless or struggling with a disability, particularly among those who sleep outside.
Homelessness can be solved. Before the 1980s, it didn’t exist in the way we see today. And it can be prevented.
If we keep pushing -- at all levels of government, and across every sector of the community -- someday we’ll fulfill our vision of a place where homelessness, if it happens at all, is rare, brief and one-time.