Shelter

PHFS has a rich tradition of providing compassionate, supportive shelter to families experiencing homelessness every night of the year.

Goose Hollow Family Shelter

Goose Hollow Family Shelter is our night shelter for families with children experiencing homelessness. It is located at the First United Methodist Church of Portland.

Open since 1994, Goose Hollow is the only shelter for families experiencing homelessness on the west side of the Willamette River and is one of only two family shelters in all of Multnomah County.

Families have private sleeping spaces, meals and snacks, showers, laundry, storage, games and toys, computers with internet and printers.

Thirteen Salmon Family Center

Thirteen Salmon Family Center is our day shelter for families with children experiencing homelessness. It is located at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland.

Open since 2009, Thirteen Salmon provides meals and snacks, showers, books and games for kids, computers with Internet and printers, connection to mental health services and Domestic Violence advocacy, and many more services.


We felt safe at PHFS. We enjoyed getting to know the staff and volunteers, and spending time with the other families and kids.
— Victoria, single mother

Emergency Family Winter Shelter

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We are opening an emergency winter family shelter for 75 moms, dads, and kids that will run from December 11 through April 30, 2018. The shelter will be located at Congregation Beth Israel in NW Portland; they have been a volunteer partner with PHFS for over a decade, and we are delighted to partner with them to open a shelter in their space. The shelter will be open from December 11, 2017 through April 30, 2018. 

We were asked to open a winter shelter by the City & the County because there is significant need in the community; the family shelter system is completely full and has no capacity for new families. For the first time since PHFS has existed, there is no shelter in Multnomah County where families can go to sleep inside tonight.  PHFS is stepping up with Congregation Beth Israel to meet a critical need this winter so families have a warm and safe place to sleep indoors. 

You can help us make this new shelter a success! 

  • Volunteer to help set up the shelter: Join us between December 4-10 to set up the beds, organize shelter supplies, and get ready to welcome families. Email Bethany@pdxhfs.org  to sign up. 
  • Volunteer to help run the shelter: Bring food for dinner, come play with kids, or help keep the night running smoothly. Please attend a volunteer orientation on Thursday, December 7 or Sunday, December 10. RSVP required: email Bethany@pdxhfs.org to sign up for an orientation.
  • Donate these supplies: Hygiene supplies like soap & shampoo, tooth paste & brushes, and deodorant, breakfast and snack foods, blankets and twin sheet sets, pillows and pillow cases, and warm winter coats. We are also collecting holidays toys for kids in shelter. Email Emma@pdxhfs.org  to coordinate donations. 
  • Give a financial contribution: The County & City are funding the operation of the shelter, but they aren't providing funding to help families from shelter move into housing. Help us end homelessness by donating money that we can use to help families in shelter get back into homes - and stay there. Donate here!

We always say it takes a village to raise a family, and we are going to need you - our village - to help make this shelter successful.