Homeless Programs and Events

Programs Serving Homeless Persons


Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidates three of the separate homeless assistance programs administered by HUD under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into a single grant program, and revises the Emergency Shelter Grants program and renames it the Emergency Solutions Grants program. The HEARTH Act also codifies in law the Continuum of Care planning process, a longstanding part of HUD's application process to assist homeless persons by providing greater coordination in responding to their needs. The HEARTH Act also directs HUD to promulgate regulations for these new programs and processes.  Read more about the Federal CoC Program Rules.

Bridges to Housing Program

As a partner in developing and implementing the bi-state regional Bridges to Housing Program, Washington County has provided local funding and resources to implementing an innovative and holistic approach to the growing and alarming problem of family homelessness.  Bridges to Housing offers hope for a better future to the families and their children who are served by the program and will inform local and national policy and practice.  Washington County implemented the housing-first program in 2007 in collaboration with Community Action, the lead service provider agency, nonprofit and public housing providers, the Oregon Department of Human Services, Worksystems Inc., and supportive community stakeholders.  For more information on the program, visit the Bridges to Housing website.  


Homeless to Work

In 2009, Washington County implemented a new Homeless To Work Program that provides transitional housing serving homeless unaccompanied individuals over age 18 years.  The program offers short-term housing and employment mentorship with linkage to appropriate supportive services provided by community partners.  The Homeless To Work Program is managed by Bridges To Change and administered by the Washington County Department of Housing Services. 

For referral of persons to the program, please refer to the Homeless to Work Applicant Referral Process.

To verify homelessness for potential applicants to Homeless to Work, please refer to the Homeless to Work Intake - Verification of Homelessness form.



Events Serving the Homeless and Persons At-Risk of Homelessness


Holiday Meals

The current Holiday Meal Sites List for Washington County spotlights community meals planned on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, as well as meals hosted with a Thanksgiving theme served by Faith Cafe, Community Cafe and Centro Cultural on dates prior to this national holiday.


Project Homeless Connect

Through the sponsorship of Washington County, Providence and United Way, with the support of dozens of business and agency partners, Washington County Project Homeless Connect will bring volunteers together to connect homeless with critical services and resources in a single day.

Next Project Homeless Connect:


Friday, January 30, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Sonrise Church
6701 NE Campus Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124




Homeless Counts and Reports


Point in Time (PIT) Homeless Counts

Since 2003, HUD has required continuums across our nation to report the number of people who are homeless at a particular time of the year (in the last seven days of January).  The annual homeless count facilitates the need for continuums to collect data and report on the number of homeless.  The data is used for (1) housing and service planning, (2) demonstrating need, (3) raising public awareness, (4) accurately identifying the needs population, e.g. chronically homeless, and (5) measuring performance in reducing/ending homelessness.


Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)

What is the AHAR?The Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) is a report to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness in America. The report is prepared by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provides nationwide estimates of homelessness, including information about the demographic characteristics of homeless persons, service use patterns, and the capacity to house homeless persons. The report is based primarily on Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) data about persons who experience homelessness during a 12-month period.

The reports below represent the data collection by providers of emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent housing in Washington County's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for clients served between October 1 and September 30. Currently, the following programs are included in the AHAR reporting:

Emergency Shelter: Boys and Girls Aid Safe Place for Youth, Community Action Family Shelter, Family Bridge, and Good Neighbor Center.

Transitional Housing: Boys and Girls Aid Transitional Living Program, Community Action Rent Assistance Program, Good Neighbor Center Housing Stabilization Program, Homeless to Work, LifeWorks Northwest Fredrick House, Sequoia Mental Health 6th Street House, Cascade AIDS Project Transitional Housing, and Washington County Department of Housing Services Transitional Housing Program.

Permanent Supportive Housing: Bridges to Housing, LifeWorks Northwest Tom Brewer House, Luke-Dorf Hillsboro Independent Living Program, The Knoll Project-Based Vouchers, Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) Vouchers, and the Washington County Shelter Plus Care Voucher program.



Runaway and Homeless Youth - We Care!

Runaway and Homeless Youth

There are many ways that citizens can help support programs for Runaway and Homeless Youth.  If you would like to know more, please see the Runaway and Homeless Youth Help Information Sheet.