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.

Far too many moms, dads, and kids don’t have a place to call home. We know that over 4,000 students experienced homelessness last year in Multnomah County alone. Our community needs to do better. We need your help. 

A year ago, the PHFS Board & Staff set our long-term vision during a strategic planning process. At the time, we called it our Moon Shot – we want to own a building where families experiencing homelessness receive wrap-around services* to support them moving permanently back into housing. 

Everyone was excited about this long-term vision, and we started making all of our decisions based on whether it progressed us towards the Moon Shot or away from it. We set our intention, and then we happened upon an opportunity….

We thought it would be years before we would make the leap to the Moon Shot. But we found an ideal building in a great location that would allow us to quadruple the number of families we serve at any time. 

So we’re going for it! PHFS made an offer on the building. We are now working through the due diligence process – the inspection, environmental testing, etc. If all of that goes well, we may be able to take ownership in May. 

This is where you come in. We are asking you to support our efforts to raise money for the down payment and basic modifications. Please consider making a transformational investment in the future of these families – so together we can end homelessness for thousands of kids and their parents. 


Brandi Tuck
Executive Director