Solutions to Homelessness

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Program solutions

  • Preventing homelessness before it even starts.

  • Rapid Re-Housing to help families get back into housing quickly.

  • Long-term support and case management to help families keep their housing and build a community of support they can turn to over time.

  • Trauma-Informed Care to build dignity, restore power, and promote autonomy.

  • Service coordination so families don’t have to tell their story over and over, wait on multiple lists for services that contact you at different times, or travel all over the metro area to get different types of support like mental health care and domestic violence advocacy.

What this is going to take

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  • Build housing since we don’t have enough affordable units in our community. We need to build in all neighborhoods if we ever have a chance of ending homelessness.

  • Coordinate services and systems so people can get the help they need when they need it.

  • Partnership that includes everyone’s voice at the table.

  • Tenant protections like relocation assistance after a no-cause eviction and a tenant’s bill of rights.

  • Resources and funding to build housing and provide services. It’s going to take something big, like reforming the home mortgage interest deduction, to make the kind of change we need.

What you can do

  • Volunteer or donate to PHFS (or one of our partner agencies) to help provide compassionate services.

  • Become a member of the Oregon Housing Alliance. Learn a bout housing policy and how you cna support legislative advocacy effots.

  • Engage with people who are living outside. Buy papers from Street Roots vendors, smile and talk to people who are panhandling, and donate food and supplies if you can.

  • Be a YIMBY and say “Yes in My Back Yard!” when it comes to things like increasing density through duplexes and ADUs, creating shelters and services, and building affordable housing.