Home for the Holidays Campaign Seeks to House 40 Families Experiencing Homelessness by January 15

Thank you for your interest in partnering with Human Solutions, Portland Homeless Family Solutions, and Community of Hope to house families experiencing homelessness. We believe that housing is a human right, and that everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home.

Since Human Solutions began providing emergency shelter to families experiencing homelessness, we have operated with a “no turn-away” model. For many years we had shelter capacity for 90, and on the rare nights that more than 90 people came to shelter we would overflow into a local church. Starting in February 2016, we moved our shelter into a building with capacity for 130 people. We immediately starting going into overflow nightly, regularly serving over 200 people. In May and June of 2017 our averages were around 220 people a night in our main shelter and overflow churches. In August 2017, we went over 300 people a night for the first time. In September 2017, we began serving more than 400 children and adults in families, with a high of over 475 people a night.

Human Solutions partners with Portland Homeless Family Solutions and Community of Hope to serve families experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County. All three of these shelters are part of this effort to house 40 families by mid-January.

Many families in shelter at one of our three agencies are working or have housing subsidies, but cannot find housing that is affordable or landlords willing to rent to them because they are homeless.

While some of the families are searching with subsidies that have very specific criteria, other families have a bit more flexibility. In general we are looking for 1, 2, 3, and 4+ bedroom units with rents between $600-$1,600 (depending on unit size), preferably based in Multnomah County. More than half of the families in housing search mode right now have a subsidy that lasts more than one year with intensive advocacy services that link families to resources, and work with them on budgeting, rental responsibilities, education, creating a safety net, and employment and income stability.

If you are a landlord with a unit that you think may meet this criteria, and would like to partner with us to help house families experiencing homelessness, please get in touch by emailing home@humansolutions.org. Someone will review your email and try to respond within one business day.

To move families in as quickly as possible, please include answers to the following questions to help us expedite the process:

  1. When is your unit available?
  2. How many bedrooms does it have?
  3. How much is the deposit and monthly rent?
  4. Where is the unit located? (You can offer the exact address or a general neighborhood or area, for example “Kenton” or “near 82nd and Stark”.)
  5. Do you allow pets?

Thank you!