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 or meeting with a homeless outreach worker.

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.

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 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.