PHFS has a rich tradition of providing compassionate, supportive shelter to families experiencing homelessness every night of the year. In all of our shelter programs, PHFS aims to build dignity, restore power, and promote autonomy for the families who live there.
If you are a family seeking shelter, please call 211 and ask to be put on the Family Shelter Waitlist.
family village shelter
PHFS purchased a campus that will include a shelter for 25 homeless families with children at a time. Family Village includes:
Individual private family bedrooms
Three meals and snacks every day
Computer lab, library, kids play areas, and Rec Room
Laundry, Showers, and all toiletry supplies
Playground, garden, picnic area, basketball court
Life Skills classes like budgeting and parenting
Connection to re-housing resources, homeless prevention, and ongoing case management
Our main building, which will host the day shelter, kitchen and dining, life skills classrooms, ten family bedrooms, and staff offices is currently under construction.
Families are referred to Family Village through Multnomah County's Homeless Family System coordinated waitlist. As soon as PHFS (or any other family shelter) has openings in our programs, we invite families from this waitlist into our shelters.
Shelter Traditions at PHFS
Goose Hollow Family Shelter
& 13 Salmon Family Center
Between 1994-2018, the Goose Hollow Family Shelter provided night shelter to 8 homeless families with children at the First United Methodist Church of Portland. And between 2009-2018, the Thirteen Salmon Family Center provided day shelter to those same families at the First Unitarian Church of Portland.
Family Winter Shelter
In the winter of 2018, PHFS partnered with Congregation Beth Israel on NW 19 & Flanders to host an emergency winter shelter for families who literally had nowhere else to go. We served 228 kids and parents from 69 different families.