Supportive Housing Services Funding Announcements
In May 2020, voters in the Tri-County Metro region passed the Supportive Housing Services measure (26-210). Through this measure, Washington County will increase its funding for homeless programs by $38 million in Year 1, increasing to $75 million in Year 3. Washington County plans to use a portion of these funds to increase the shelter capacity within the County.
Washington County Releases List of Qualifying Service Providers Eligible for Regional Supportive Housing Services Funding
Washington County is committed to begin deploying regional Supportive Housing Services (SHS) program funds starting on July 1 and is taking a big step forward. After reviewing over 40 proposals, the County has approved 38 organizations as eligible to partner with the County as providers of Supportive Housing Services. Qualifying organizations are a mix of established service providers in Washington County looking to extend their reach and organizations that are new to Washington County. Many will offer vital culturally responsive and culturally specific services to ensure funds are distributed equitably across the county, intentionally serving Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, Asian, Pacific Islander and other communities of color. According to Board Chair Kathryn Harrington, “Washington County has moved quickly to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community in a thoughtful, compassionate, and responsive way. We know the need is great and I am thankful for the many organizations that have stepped up to the plate to join us in this work. This is only the beginning and we look forward to investing in both innovative and established effective processes to address this crisis head on.”
Below is the full list of qualifying organizations:
|Alano Club of Portland
Boys and Girls Aid
Bridges to Change
Catholic Charities of Oregon
Centro Cultural del Condado de Washington
College Housing Northwest
Community Action Organization
Community Partners for Affordable Housing
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Family Promise of Greater Washington County
Family Promise of Tualatin Valley
Forest Grove Foundation
Friendly House Inc.
Good Neighbor Center
HomePlate Youth Services
|Immigration and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
Just Compassion of East Washington County
Open Door HousingWorks
Project Homeless Connect
The Salvation Army
Sequoia Mental Health Services, Inc.
The Commons Law Center
Urban League of Portland
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
This network of community based organization and service providers will work in partnership with the Department of Housing Services to provide 1,665 supportive housing placements, create a shelter system that provides 250 beds for people experiencing homelessness, and ensure a quality standard of care and culturally specific services for our communities in need. Already the Washington County Housing Authority supports more than 3000 families and individuals who have limited incomes with housing stability through public housing and rent assistance programs. These new resources expand our programs to reach families and individuals most struggling to access safe and stable housing.