On February 24, 2016 Mayor Hales announced the launch of the Homelessness Toolkit, a single resource for information on City homelessness initiatives, from safe sleeping guidelines to volunteer opportunities.
The website includes quick links to the One Point of Contact, a system designed to ameliorate frustration in reporting campsites by providing one designated place to share concerns about livability issues.
It also connects to:
- Frequently Asked Questions: Answers to questions about homelessness in Portland and the City’s initiatives.
- Homelessness Statistics: Summaries of homelessness statistics to better understand the issue.
- Managing Life on the Streets: Information about initiatives to balance livability issues, including the Day Storage Pilot Program, High-Intensity Street Engagement Program, and Camping.
- A Home for Everyone: Information on A Home For Everyone, the regional collaborative working to end homelessness.
- Shelter & Temporary Places to Sleep: Summary information about Portland’s shelters and temporary places to sleep.
- Goal: Permanent Housing: Information on City Council’s tenant protection actions and affordable housing investments.
- How You Can Help: Contact information to organizations seeking volunteers and donations, and informational cards (in English and Spanish) to distribute so people sleeping outside can learn the guidelines.