Request for Information: Mobile Permanent Supportive Housing Team

We are seeking responses from qualified organizations interested in leading and/or collaboratively participating in the operations of a Mobile Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) team to serve tenants in City of Portland regulated PSH units and other available scattered-site housing. We are interested in learning what agencies and organizations are able to provide these new services either alone or in partnership. One of the key priorities of A Home for Everyone is to eliminate racial disparities in service and programming. Approaches that deliver culturally-responsive and/or culturally-specific services, either alone or in combination with agency partnerships are prioritized.

Click here to find out more information, register for the solicitation updates, and download the Request for Information (RFI) document.

Request for Information
Mobile Permanent Supportive Housing Team

Release Date: December 23, 2016
Closing Date: January 13, 2017
RFI #: 4000005430
Contact: Christy Tran, Multnomah County Central Purchasing, (503) 988-7997

Request for Information: Mobile Housing Placement Team for Women

We are seeking responses from qualified organizations interested in leading and/or collaboratively participating in the operations of a Mobile Housing Placement Team that prioritizes outreach to adult women experiencing homelessness alone or with partners and who are living in emergency shelters or in places not meant for human habitation. We are interested in learning what agencies and organizations are able to provide these new services either alone or in partnership. One of the key priorities of A Home for Everyone is to eliminate racial disparities in service and programming. Approaches that deliver culturally-responsive and/or culturally-specific services, either alone or in combination with agency partnerships are prioritized.

Click here to find out more information, register for the solicitation updates, and download the Request for Information (RFI) document.

Request for Information
Mobile Housing Placement Team for Women

Release Date: December 23, 2016
Closing Date: January 13, 2017
RFI #: 4000005431
Contact: Jill Punches, Multnomah County Central Purchasing, (503) 988-9808

Public Hearing: Communty Housing Need Meeting

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4 2016, 5:30 PM 

Tell jurisdiction leaders what the needs are in housing & economic development in the Portland Consortium

READ: Public Hearing Notice

READ: Public Hearing Notice

Attend the public hearing at the Portland Housing Bureau on October 4th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm to discuss the barriers to housing choice you have experienced, and share your input on how the Portland Consortium – comprised of the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the City of Gresham – can invest our federal resources over the next year to support affordable housing and economic development in your community. Click here to register to attend the public hearing. To find out more about the public hearing and how to submit your comments, click here.

County board briefed on progress of community-wide effort to provide safety off the streets

Gresham Women's Shelter, offers 90 shelter beds.

Gresham Women's Shelter, offers 90 shelter beds.

This week, A Home for Everyone and the Joint Office of Homeless Services provided updates to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on the efforts currently underway to provide support to those experiencing homelessness in our community. The hearing highlighted the new shelters slated to open in 2016 and indicate that the County is on track to more than doubling publicly-funded shelter capacity by the year’s end. Click here for the full KGW article. View the briefing here or watch the video here

Home Forward will Open their Housing Choice Voucher Wait List

READ: Frequently Asked Questions

READ: Frequently Asked Questions

Home Forward announced that they will be accepting waiting list applications for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program from September 13, through September 17, 2016. Applications will be accepted online, using any internet-connected device. The application can be accessed by visiting Home Forward’s website, www.homeforward.org during the application period. The application period runs from 8:30 am on September 13 through 11:59 pm on September 17, 2016.

For more details on the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8)  program, application guidelines and process, eligibility requirements, what information is needed to complete the application, the process once the application period has ended, and other important information about the waiting list opening can be found by clicking here.

If you need access to a computer with a connection to the internet, click here to view a listing of locations and hours of organizations with access to computers with internet connections.  

Transition Projects is hiring a Hansen Shelter Manager!

Transition Projects is recruiting an engaged, passionate leader who wants to play a critical role in providing life-saving shelter services for people experiencing homelessness. The Hansen Shelter Manager oversees the operations of Hansen Emergency Shelter for women, couples, and people with disabilities experiencing homelessness. The shelter is a low-barrier, immediate shelter option for people who would otherwise sleep unsheltered on the streets, in cars, tents, or parks, or in other unsafe conditions. Located on 122nd and NE Glisan, the 24/7 program provides access to basic needs services and connections to housing and other supports.

For more information about the position, how to apply and other job opportunities at Transition Projects, please visit www.tprojects.org/transition-projects/employment/.

Cooling centers to open in Multnomah County to deal with expected heat wave

Extreme heat can be very dangerous, especially for the most vulnerable in our community. With temperatures expected to reach the high 90s later this week and into the weekend, three cooling centers will open in Multnomah County to help seniors and people with disabilities and other health conditions stay safe.

Those in need of refuge from the hot weather can access cooling centers during the hottest parts of the day on Thursday, August 18; Friday, August 19; and Saturday, August 20. 

Cooling center locations and hours of operation:

North/Northeast

Multnomah County Walnut Park Building
5325 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland
Thurs., Aug. 18, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 20, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Click to view the Cooling Centers flyer

Click to view the Cooling Centers flyer

Northeast Portland

Hollywood Senior Center
1820 NE 40th Ave., Portland
Thurs., Aug. 18, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 19, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 20, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

EAST COUNTY

Multnomah County East Building
600 NE 8th St., Gresham

Thurs., Aug. 18, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 20, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

People in immediate need of relief from the hot weather may arrive to the cooling centers before opening hours on Thursday and Friday.

Transportation to the cooling centers can be arranged by calling Ride Connection at 503-226-0700. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Neighbors can also help by checking in on elderly or disabled friends and relatives. Heat stroke or heat exhaustion are common conditions in hot weather. Higher temperatures also can place a dangerous strain on those with heart and other health issues.

Available in eight languages: Tips to print and post

Available in eight languages: Tips to print and post

Tips to staying cool:

  • Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. People with health conditions such as epilepsy, heart or kidney disease should talk to a doctor before increasing their consumption.
  • Find the cool places. Visit a family member or neighbor with air conditioning, or go to the nearest public library, shopping mall or other cooled space.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Never wait in a parked vehicle or leave a child, elder or pet waiting in a parked car. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can rise dangerously high -- even with the windows open.
  • Slow down. Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities until the heat of the day has passed.
  • Stay out of the sun. Sunburn interferes with the skin’s ability to cool.
  • Take a cool bath, shower or sponge bath. Cool water can help cool an overheated body.
  • Pay attention to older adults, people with disabilities or health conditions.
  • Check on those who are at-risk at least twice a day.

For additional tips, visit www.multco.us/help-when-its-hot

Call for more information. The Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services Helpline has resources for older adults and people with disabilities, including a list of senior centers, transportation services and 24-hour crisis intervention. Call 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683.

Apply for a position on the AHFE Coordinating Board

A Home for Everyone (AHFE) is looking for applicants to fill seven membership positions on the AHFE Coordinating Board.

The Coordinating Board is directly responsible for the allocation of federal homeless assistance dollars that are annually allocated to our continuum of care. It also advises on local policy and the investment of local funds directed toward homeless services.

The current vacancies on the Coordinating Board are for individuals who bring the following background/experience in Multnomah County:

  • Experience of homelessness/experience using system services
  • Domestic violence services
  • Faith-based service provider
  • Family service provider
  • School districts
  • Senior/Aging services and/or advocate
  • Youth services

To apply, please submit a completed interest form to Carrie Young at carrie.young@multco.us no later than Friday, September 9, 2016.

For questions, please email Carrie Young at carrie.young@multco.us or call (503) 988-2525.

Click here to learn more about A Home for Everyone, its Board, Executive Committee, and Charter.