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, we would like to share some resources offered in Multnomah county to help you stay cool.
Overall, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County has increased, according to the 2017 Point in Time count, but a larger share of those neighbors slept in shelter and off the street.
The results, released by the Joint Office of Homeless Services on Monday, June 19, are the first to emerge since local governments committed $20 million in new spending to confront the crisis on our streets.
The 2017 count found 12 percent fewer people were sleeping unsheltered in cars, tents and other outdoor places on Feb. 22 than were in 2015 -- 1,668 people.That decline marks a reversal after several years in which the unsheltered count surged or held steady. This year’s unsheltered count is the lowest it’s been since 2009.
Notably, the drop in the unsheltered count included reductions among groups the City of Portland and Multnomah County prioritized after their numbers spiked two years ago: African Americans, women, veterans, and families with children.
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.
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
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.
Release Date: December 23, 2016
Closing Date: January 13, 2017
RFI #: 4000005431
Contact: Jill Punches, Multnomah County Central Purchasing, (503) 988-9808
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
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.
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 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.
Today's Think Out Loud episode, produced by OPB, featured a visit to the Hansen Shelter, the 24-hour shelter located at NE Glisan Street and NE 122nd Avenue. The episode included interviews from people who stay and work at the Hansen Shelter.
Stream the "Life At Portland's Newest Homeless Shelter" audio clip from OPB's Think Out Loud August 26, 2016 episode below.
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/.