Homelessness and Housing
Housing administers public resources to expand affordable housing and infrastructure in low and moderate income communities through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Affordable Housing Development Program (AHDP), and the home improvement loan program. Additional program funds are earmarked for future use in the purchase of a mobile home part for preservation purposes. The program preserves approximately 50 and creates approximately six affordable housing units annually. This program is a collaboration among DCHS, the city of Gresham, the city of Wood Village, the city of Fairview, the city of Troutdale, the city of Maywood Park, the city of Portland, and the community
Services for Homeless Families include emergency and transitional housing as well as support services to assist with permanent housing. A key component of services for homeless families is the winter shelter program that operates from November through March to provide additional emergency housing options for families during the coldest months of the year.
For Youth Seeking Homeless Services & Assistance:
If you are homeless and under the age of 25 needing shelter, safety off the streets, or other crisis services, please contact 503.432.3986 on a 24 hour basis.
The Homeless Youth Continuum consists of services and supports geared toward helping youth lead safe and healthy lives and become productive members of the community. Services include a 24-hour access and assessment center; alcohol and drug services; emergency and short-term shelter; and transitional housing and related support-services.
For Runaway Youth:
If your child (ages 17 and under) has run away from home, and you need crisis intervention or family mediation and reunification services, please call 503.233.8111. Assistance is available on a 24 hour basis.
Runaway Youth Services provide 24/7 Reception Center, crisis line, shelter, support services, gender specific transitional housing services are approximately 2,250 youth ages 12-17 who have run away, as well as their families. About 85% of those served are reunited with their families or placed in another safe, stable living environment.
Transitional housing for teen parents provide stabilization and the opportunity to address barriers to long-term self-sufficiency.
One Night Shelter Count
The One Night Shelter Count is a required annual statewide effort to document the number of people who are homeless. There are two groups of people included in this count: those who without the assistance of emergency shelters, transitional housing, rent assistance, and hotel/motel vouchers, and permanent supportive housing would otherwise be homeless the night this count occurs; and, those who request such assistance, but whose needs cannot be met (known as the Turn Away Count).
The Multnomah County Department of Human Services coordinates the effort for Multnomah County, and submits the required information to Oregon Housing and Community Services.
For the purpose of this count, the terms "shelter" and "housed" are used loosely. These terms include emergency shelters, transitional housing, hotel/motel vouchers, rent assistance, permanent supportive housing, A&D facilities that serve homeless people, etc. The count primarily reflects system capacity rather than absolute numbers of homeless people. Nonetheless, it is a consistent indicator of demand for service.
The information from this count is used for multiple funding and planning purposes.