Efforts to End Homelessness
If you are at imminent risk or experiencing homelessness, please call Community Connect at 503-640-3263.
The Washington County Department of Housing Services engages in many efforts to prevent and end homelessness in our community. Among these are:
Community Connect. An integrated homeless response system serving people at imminent risk and experiencing homelessness. Access is available by calling 503-640-3263 to schedule an appointment, as well outreach, shelters, County WIC, Oregon Department of Human Services, Hawthorne Walk-In Center, and Family Justice Center can provide housing need assessment for homeless persons.
Shelter Resources. When the temperature drops below freezing, Washington County's Severe Weather Shelters may activate, providing homeless persons with a warm place to stay overnight. Shelter resources includes other services for homeless families and individuals.
Severe Weather Shelter Response Plan. Washington County's plan for shelter activation in times of severe weather as well as resources and educational materials for shelter providers.
A Road Home: Community Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. A Road Home is the jurisdictions strategic plan that guides the work to address housing instability and homelessness. Each year, progress on the goals of the plan is evaluated, documented, and posted online.
Metro Supportive Housing Services Program. An array of outreach, shelter, housing, and services will be funded through this special initiative. Work is underway to align and coordinate these new funds to address the gaps in the homeless system, with new program resources available July 2021.
Housing and Supportive Services Network (HSSN). This group, made up of non-profit organizations, public sector social service agencies, government representatives and the faith based community, implements the Continuum of Care and ensures integrated and coordinated access to affordable housing and services.
Homeless Camp Management Program. Over the past few years, Washington County has seen an increase in urban camping and people living unsheltered. To address this, the Board of County Commissioners has approved the creation of a one-year program that will run through the summer of 2022 to improve homeless camp management coordination across County departments and with our partners.
Homeless Data and Point in Time Activities. Reports of homeless counts, including the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Street and Shelter Count and the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) as well as
Homeless Programs and Events. The Department of Housing Services works with social service and non-profit agencies, as well as faith-based partners, to promote programs and events that serve homeless individuals and families throughout the year, including meal sites, Project Homeless Connect, and the annual Point in Time Homeless Count.
HMIS. Resources and training information for users of Washington County's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
For more details about each of these areas, please visit the corresponding page.