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.
Lents family shelter
PHFS just purchased a campus in Lents that will include a shelter for 26 homeless families with children at a time. The Lents Shelter will include:
Individual private family bedrooms, with real beds and furniture
Three meals plus snacks a day
Computer lab, library, kid play areas
Laundry, Showers, and all toiletry supplies
Playground, garden, picnic area
Life Skills classes like budgeting and parenting
Connection to re-housing resources, homeless prevention, and ongoing case management
Ten families are now living in the smaller of our two Lents campus. PHFS will welcome 14 families by the end of winter - more families than we have ever hosted in year-round shelter before!
Our main Lents building, which will host the day shelter, kitchen and dining, life skills classrooms, ten family bedrooms, and staff offices is currently under construction. We aim to finish construction and open to the full 26 families in shelter this spring.
Families are referred to the Lents Shelter 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.
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 at the Family Winter Shelter.
For the winter of 2019, PHFS will operate a shelter for 75 kids and parents at the Family Winter Shelter in a warehouse on NW 17 & Northrup. It's a site donated by real estate firm project^ and managing partner Tom Cody.
The Family Winter Shelter will operate for families from 6pm to 8am every night until April 30th. Families will sleep on cots, have a hot dinner every night and a continental breakfast before they leave in the morning, and have storage space to leave their belongings.
Many of the families at the shelter will be at school or work during the day, but PHFS will also offer a day shelter at SW 13th & Salmon in partnership with the First Unitarian Church of Portland where families can take showers, do laundry, and hang out.
Families who need shelter can make an intake appointment by calling 211. Families can only access shelter by calling 211. The 211 staff will be able to schedule a same-day appointment for families to meet us at shelter that day for an intake.
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.