The early arrival of cold weather this year has strained many local organizations to be able to provide enough life-saving winter gear for those experiencing homelessness. With below-freezing temperatures predicted to continue throughout the weekend, providers serving the homeless community are in need of donations ranging from coats, socks, and hats, to tarps and toiletries.
The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) and community partners are asking the public to visit 211info.org for information on current needs and where to make donations.
In response to severe weather conditions, PHB activated protocols on Tuesday to add shelter capacity in addition to existing year-round facilities and recently opened winter shelter. Since then, roughly 400 people per night have sought emergency shelter, receiving blankets and other gear they will need to survive the cold as well.
Service organizations will need the continued support of the community to be able to sustain these efforts through the winter.
211info coordinates resources and emergency shelter transportation through a grant from PHB. PHB is asking the public to visit www.211info.org/winterdonations for a complete list of what items are needed and locations where donations can be dropped off.