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Homelessness Toolkit

City of Portland

How You Can Help


Portland is an amazing city, full of compassionate people wanting to help those in need. There are concrete things that we each can do that will truly make a difference in the lives of those who need it, and the following are some key contacts/information from several outreach and provider organizations.

Transition Projects, Inc


About: Transition Projects, Inc (TPI) is the largest provider of shelter and care for homeless, single adults in Portland. They operate Bud Clark Commons as well as other Portland shelters.

Contact: Lauren Holt, (preferred) or 503-280-4741 


  • Sorting clothing donations (individual or groups) 
  • Administrative assistance (individual) 
  • Providing meals at TPI residential facilities (groups)


  • Adult-sized new or gently-used clean winter clothing (coats, socks, boots, etc)
  • Hygiene items (any size, unused)
  • New or gently-used clean linens (twin-sized bed sheets and comforters, towels, etc)



About: JOIN exists to support the efforts of homeless individuals and families to transition out of homelessness into permanent housing.

Contact: Shannon Singleton, 503-232-7052, ext 101

Opportunities: Day Center volunteer opportunities

Needs: Cold-weather gear and blankets

Central City Concern


About: Central City Concern meets its mission through innovative outcome based strategies which support personal and community transformation. They provide direct access to housing which supports lifestyle change; integrated healthcare services that are highly effective in engaging people who are often alienated from mainstream systems; the development of peer relationships; and attainment of income through employment or accessing benefits.

Contact: Eric Reynolds,


Needs: Socks, stocking caps, gloves, jackets, and other cold-weather clothing