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.

CoC Program Awards for OR506CoC:


County Prevention Assistance (CPA) Program

In 2016, Washington County implemented a new Prevention Assistance program serving low-income households that are severely rent burdened. The CPA program is integrated with the Community Connect system and managed by Community Action Organization.

For referral of persons to the program, please refer to Community Connect by calling 503-640-3263.


Homeless to Work Program

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 Community Connect by calling 503-640-3263.

For eligibility of persons for Homeless To Work and program contacts, please review the Homeless To Work Program.



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 by community volunteers in celebration of our national holidays to include Thanksgiving Day and Christmas/New Years Day. The holiday meal site is updated as new information becomes available.  Christmas/NewYear Flyer


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.


Friday, January 25, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Sonrise Church
6701 NE Campus Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Mass-transit:  MAX Stop: Orenco Station; Bus #47 and #48



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.