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In September, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) made $750,000 available for proposals aimed at permanently housing people experiencing homelessness and housing instability in our community. By the October 24 deadline, PHB had received proposals totaling more than $2,500,000.
City staff and external evaluators scored the proposals on a variety factors including cost effectiveness and services to priority populations identified in the A Home for Everyone community-wide plan to end homelessness. These include families with children, unaccompanied youth, adults with disabilities, women, and veterans.
• Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) submitted a successful proposal on behalf of the Homeless Family System of Care (HFSC). Per NAYA’s request, $355,000 will be managed by Multnomah County to supplement the amount of rent assistance available for families experiencing homelessness. Partners include NAYA, Self Enhancement Inc., JOIN, Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Catholic Charities’ El Programa Hispano, 211info, and Human Solutions. Some of the funding will support families exiting domestic violence situations.
• JOIN has been awarded $285,000 to expand a successful partnership with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and the Portland Police Bureau to serve people experiencing homelessness who have frequent police contact. These funds will allow the continuation of housing placement for people who face multiple barriers to finding their own home.
• Catholic Charities’ Housing Transitions Program was awarded $110,000 in partnership with Rose Haven, Easter Seals, and Salvation Army Female Emergency Shelter. Together, they will help women who are experiencing homelessness move from the streets or shelter back into housing.
"This combination of services and partnerships ensures that the majority of the vulnerable populations identified in our community plan to end homelessness, A Home for Everyone, will be served through both new ongoing dollars," say Portland Housing Bureau Director Traci Manning. "With established partnerships already in place, as well as capacity and experience, these organizations are ready to start housing placements immediately."