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On any given night, about 4,000 people sleep on the streets or in shelters across Portland. Homeless people can be adults, young people, couples or families with children. They are living on the streets, either temporarily or for the long term, for a variety of reasons. They may be homeless because of an untreated mental illness, a physical disability, domestic violence, the loss of a job, or a drug addiction. They may be experiencing a financial crisis and have been evicted from their home for the first time; they may cycle from homelessness to housing and back to homelessness again; or they may be chronically homeless, having lived on the streets for many months or years.
The City of Portland and Multnomah County invest public funds and operate programs that provide direct services to homeless people and families. The City and County also fund services provided by nonprofit organizations and private service agencies. Corrections facilities, hospitals, schools, churches, and charities also provide assistance to homeless people. All are partners in the “homeless system” and have a direct stake in providing effective and efficient services with a goal to end homelessness. The wider community also has a stake in ending homelessness. As members of a community, we want to take care of our citizens, including those with illnesses or disabilities who cannot care for themselves. In addition, all of us want safe, clean and livable streets and neighborhoods.
We believe that rather than shuffling homeless people from service to service and back to the street, the aim of our efforts must be to first get homeless people into permanent housing. This requires that all partners in the homeless system work together in innovative and more accountable ways. Much of the Portland Housing Bureau's work around homelessness is driven by our community's plan to end homelessness. View the full plan here, or use the links at left and below to explore our programs and services, and find related data.
Resources for veterans experiencing homelessness and landlords who want to help
Updated December 2014
Links to A Health Focused Evaluation of The Apartments at Bud Clark Commons
Connect with 211info, the local nonprofit that connects the people of Oregon and Southwest Washington with over 4,500 health, community and social services
This collaboration of community stakeholders works to end homelessness in Portland and Multnomah County
Find "Point in Time" counts of people experiencing homelessness on the streets and in the shelters of Portland
Find tools, data and other information about HMIS training and reporting
Connect with 211info