Inside the Willamette Center.

Inside the Willamette Center.


How do partners in the Joint Office of Homeless Services choose shelter sites? What does it mean when a shelter is "low-barrier"? How does a shelter like the planned Foster shelter operate? What does our 24-hour reservation system, meant to eliminate queuing, look like?

How do we ensure that people from within the neighborhood are able to access shelter  How will partners in operating the Foster shelter manage impacts on neighbors and businesses? 

Click on our general FAQ for answers and information.


Since early 2016, partners in our community-wide initiative to end homelessness, A Home for Everyone, have followed a detailed action plan that's delivered on a promise to double the number of year-round shelter beds in Multnomah County, while also improving the quality of beds, so they work better for more people. Last year, for the first time, we counted more people sleeping in shelter than outside

Partners have added spaces for couples, shift workers and pet owners, some of whom may not have engaged with traditional shelter options. Those new spaces are available 24/7 and offer opportunities to take showers and store belongings.

One of the communal sleeping rooms for couples at the Hansen Shelter.

One of the communal sleeping rooms for couples at the Hansen Shelter.

why do we need this shelter?

While we have fulfilled our goal of adding more than 650 new year-round beds, those beds are not all located at sites that can be used for shelter long term, and not all of the current sites offer the quality of shelter and services that we expect from our permanent year-round settings.

The property at 6144 SE Foster Road allows us to open a congregate shelter for 100 to 120 people by right under current zoning law, without relying on the city of Portland's emergency declaration. Along with other sites we're pursuing, the Foster shelter will allow us to further stabilize our community’s year-round shelter capacity and increase the quality of  shelter and support services offered to unsheltered adults, many of whom are extremely vulnerable living on the streets.

record progress in housing

For the second year in a row, partners in A Home for Everyone, a community-wide initiative to end homelessness in Multnomah County, have helped record numbers of neighbors back into housing, find a safer night of sleep or keep from becoming homeless at all.

Nearly 4,900 people obtained housing in fiscal year 2017 -- hundreds more than the goal set before the year began. That number is also 65 percent higher than the 2,967 people placed into housing the year before A Home for Everyone launched.