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Families First Campaign 

PHFS is embarking on a capital campaign to end homelessness for thousands of kids and their parents. We need your help capitalizing on an opportunity to launch PHFS to the next level.

In the news:
Fox 12, May 16


The Lullaby Project

This spring we partnered with the Oregon Symphony and Carnegie Hall on an endeavor called the Lullaby Project. Local singer-songwriter writers were paired with moms living in shelter to write a lullaby for their children. These songs will be recorded for the moms to keep, and were performed live on April 26th.

In the news:
OPB's Think Out Loud, April 10
KGW, April 11
Street Roots, April 20
KOIN, April 23
The Oregonian, May 6
Live Wire Radio, May 12 (Episode #362)

Oregonian OpEd

Read our Executive Director, Brandi Tuck's, OpEd in The Oregonian. It's a response to the Reading, Writing, Evicted series.


2017 Holiday appeal results

Thank you to the 357 donors who contributed $247,000 through our Holiday Appeal from November - December 2017! They say it takes a village to raise a child. We believe it also takes a village to raise a family. The success of this appeal shows that it truly does take the support of our entire community to help families get back into permanent homes and stay there.


Family Winter Shelter

We operated an emergency winter family shelter for 75 moms, dads, and kids from December 11 through April 30, 2018. 

In the news:
Multnomah County, December 13
Willamette Week, December 14
KOIN, December 14

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Ninety-Nine Girlfriends impact award

We are thrilled to share that PHFS has been awarded a $100,000 Impact Award from the Ninety-nine girlfriend to expand our Diversion & Prevention program! With these dollars, we will be able to help families prevent homelessness in the first place. This is the single largest donation PHFS has ever received, and we are so humbled by and grateful for this transformative opportunity.

In the news:
Oregon Live, December 27 

Home for the Holidays

A Home for Everyone's Home for the Holidays campaign was a huge success - 42 families got back into permanent housing. Thanks to our partners Human SolutionsCommunity of Hope, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Chair Deborah Kafoury, and all of the landlords and property management companies for making this happen.

In the news:
Oregon Live, November 10
KATU, November 13
KGW, November 14
KOIN, November 22
Multnomah County, January 18

Willamette Week Give!Guide

We raised $28,174 for PHFS through Willamette Week's Give!Guide! Thank you so much to everyone who donated! We are eager to get to work and support more families in 2018 than ever before.


For the sixth year in a row, PHFS was named one of Oregon’s Top 100 Nonprofits to work for! PHFS took home third place in the medium sized nonprofit category at Oregon Business's Top 100 Nonprofits dinner. 


Thank you to the Oregon Community Foundation for awarding PHFS a $25,000 grant to fund our Housing First Program. Thank you to The Karen and Edward Bassett Fund, The Ned and Sis Hayes Family Fund, The Schamp Family Fund, and The William H. Hunt Fund for the Homeless, Hungry and Poor of The The Oregon Community Foundation. 

40 UNDER 40

Our Executive Director, Brandi Tuck, was featured in Oregon Businesses' 40 Under 40! 

Meyer Memorial Trust

PHFS was awarded a Meyer Memorial Trust housing grant of $96,150 over two years! This funding goes towards PHFS' new Housing Retention Specialist, who helps families move back into housing and then stay in their housing long-term. Our Retention Specialist supports families for at least a year after they move into housing to help them gain new job sills and increase their income, maintain their budgets, learn life skills, and connect with community so they develop a long-term support network. 

Mittler Family Foundation 

Mittler Family Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that PHFS has been awarded a $44,000 over three years from the Mittler Family Foundation to fund our Housing Retention Specialist. 


Care Oregon

PHFS is one of six organizations to receive a $50,000 grant from CareOregon to help families get and keep permanent housing! PHFS helps about 150-200 families a year move back into a home; we will hire a new Retention Specialist to help make sure those families can keep their housing long-term by helping families acquire better education and more income, connect to their new communities, develop support systems they can turn to in times of need, and learn life skills so families have the tools they need to keep their housing.