Portland Housing Bureau’s Director Traci Manning joined Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury; Shannon Singleton, Day Shelter House Manager at JOIN; and Keith Thomajan, CEO of United Way of the Columbia Willamette to give a presentation to Portland City Council on new funds for the Women Into Housing Now (WIHN) initiative.
WIHN is a special allocation of $300,000 to assist 92 women experiencing homelessness to find permanent homes. The program will support women as they gain and maintain housing stability through rent assistance, street outreach, shelter diversion and housing placement. The funds will help to shorten shelter stays and free up capacity in existing shelters.
This is the result of a longstanding partnership with Multnomah County and our partners who deliver services to women experiencing homelessness: Human Solutions, JOIN, Northwest Pilot Project and Transition Projects. This new funding, and an upcoming ask of the Council for an additional $1.7 million for to reduce homelessness, is the result of our community’s 10 Year Plan to address homelessness, “A Home For Everyone”.
These additional funds will provide an array of services aimed at reducing shelter waitlists, providing permanent housing placements and services for women.