Homeless Programs and Events

Grant Opportunities

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.



The application will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on November 9, 2021.  HUD Award and Allocations announcement is anticipated in early calendar year 2022.



Prior CoC Program Awards for OR-506CoC:


Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of people who are hungry and homeless throughout the United States and its territories. Federal FEMA funds are allocated to nonprofit and governmental organizations for the provision of food, shelter, off-site lodging (hotel), and rent assistance in local communities. Allocations vary annually and are not guaranteed each year.

>Prior EFSP grant documents:


Programs and Events Serving the Homeless and Persons At-Risk of Homelessness

Vehicle Camping (Safe Parking)

Vehicle camping programs provide a safe, legal place for people experiencing homelessness and living out of their vehicles to park while they stabilize their lives and gain better access to the services.

On 9/15/2020 the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved Resolution & Order #20-110 to assign responsibilities and adopt criteria to cerify vehicle camp sites for homeless persons under Washington County Community Development Code Section 201.2.36A.

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.


Due to COVID-19 the annual Project Homeless Connect event has been suspended until further notice.




Rural Assistance in Transition from Homelessness

Rural cities and areas outside the Metro Service District boundary experience gaps in local access to homeless and prevention/tenancy support services.  The implementation of the Rural Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (RATH) program will leverage systems and programming to deliver a comprehensive and culturally responsive continuum of services to prevent and end homelessness in underserved rural areas of Washington County. Services will include:

  • Prevention Assistance and Housing Retention
  • Outreach and Engagement Services
  • Basic Needs
  • Intensive Case Management Services and Health Care Navigation Services
  • Housing Navigation and Tenancy Supports that leverages rent subsidy programs to provide permanent housing, e.g. the federal CoC, ESG and Housing Authority Voucher Programs, and SHS Program-funded Regional Long-term Rent Assistance (RLRA)

For more information, email CoCinfo@co.washington.or.us