PHFS Families First Campaign

Shelter property on SE 92nd and Tolman Street in the Lents neighborhood.

Shelter property on SE 92nd and Tolman Street in the Lents neighborhood.


press release
March 28, 2018

On Friday, March 23, Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS) announced their intention to purchase a 3.3 million-dollar property on 92nd and SE Tolman Road. This purchase will allow PHFS to increase capacity in their family shelters from 8 to 34 families a night. This will also allow the non-profit to expand wrap around services such as: homeless prevention, rapid rehousing, life skills training, mental health services, addiction treatment, child care, employment services, and healthcare. The purchase includes eight 2-bdrm apartments; PHFS hopes to build an additional 40 units of affordable housing on the property in the near future.


This campaign comes at a crucial moment in our city during a housing crisis and homeless state of emergency, and on the heels of the closure of three shelters in downtown Portland.  


Executive Director, Brandi Tuck, feels confident PHFS can achieve their “moon shot”.  “The current housing crisis is a priority to Portlanders. We know the solution to homelessness is helping families move into housing. Annually there are over 4,300 kids in Multnomah County school districts who experience homelessness. PHFS’s ultimate goal is to find housing for each and everyone of these children and their parents.”


Because of this projects urgency, PHFS hired development executive Jean McGowan as the capital campaign director for the remainder of the million-dollar campaign. Ms. McGowan joins Ms. Tuck, and Development Manager, Emma Hoyle, after spending eight years as a development and communications director at a private school in downtown Portland. A life-long advocate for children and families, she had been volunteering with PHFS during the winter and was asked to join the staff for the remainder of the campaign. “This is going to take more than a just a village, “ McGowan said.  “We are going to need funding from many different sources both private and public, thankfully everyone we speak with is eager to help us move forward as quickly as possible.”