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The City of Portland, Oregon

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 each of us 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 our outreach and service provider organizations.

Transition Projects

About: Transition Projects helps people transition from houselessness to housing. Each year, they assist more than 10,000 people through a broad array of services, resources, and tools.

Opportunities: For information about volunteering opportunities, please visit For more information, contact Tamara Chacon at or at 503-280-4741. 


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

Opportunities: JOIN's Basic Service Center, often called the "House," is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm and offers basic services to houseless people in a welcoming, low barrier setting. House volunteers commit to a weekly shift, usually lasting between 2 and 3 hours. Volunteers must be available during open hours.

For more information about volunteers at the House, please contact DiJonnette at

Company volunteer opportunities offer another way for groups of people to serve. This type of opportunity usually consists of activities like cleaning, building, sorting, painting, or other manual labor around JOIN's facility.

For more information about company volunteer opportunities please contact Sydney at or 503-232-7052 ext.103.

Central City Concern

About: Central City Concern (CCC) 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 that nurture and support personal transformation and recovery; and attainment of income through employment or accessing benefits.

Opportunities: For information on how you can volunteer with CCC, please visit or contact