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Housing Retention

Homelessness is a symptom of many systemic challenges present in our community. Over the past decade, housing costs have increased by over 40%, but median wages have only increased by 14%. This means more members of our low-income community are at risk for traumatic events like eviction and homelessness.

We believe in a Housing First model - getting homeless people housed as quickly as possible and getting them the supportive services necessary to maintain long-term stability.

Community Connect

Community Connect is a coordinated entry system that helps people experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness find community resources in Washington County. People who want help with community resources, including possible housing options, can call Community Connect at 503-640-3263 or email to discuss their situation and find out if help is available.

Our staff will schedule a one-hour assessment appointment with clients to determine the community resources and programs that might best support the needs of their households. The Community Connect appointment is not a guarantee of housing or a financial appointment. If a client is eligible, referrals will be made to partner agencies based on the need assessment and available housing beds/units.

Hillsboro Family Shelter

Our Hillsboro Family Shelter is the lead partner in a three-shelter network in Washington County, including Good Neighbor Center in Tigard and Family Promise of Washington County Oregon in Hillsboro. During their stay, our staff help residents make a plan to find permanent housing, and address other needs that will support long-term self-sufficiency and stability.

To learn more about how you can support the residents of our shelter click here or call 503-726-0812.

Supportive Services for Veteran's Families

The Supportive Services for Veteran's Families (SSVF) promotes housing stability among very low-income Veteran families who are homeless or are transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. Veteran households work with a Housing Navigator to either obtain housing or prevent eviction. During this time, we provide short-term supportive services and assist Veteran households to obtain VA benefits and other eligible benefits. To access this program prospective veterans should call Community Connect at 503-640-3263.