Homeless Programs and Events

Grant Opportunities

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act), enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidates three of the separate homeless assistance programs administered by HUD under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act into a single grant program, and revises the Emergency Shelter Grants program and renames it the Emergency Solutions Grants program. The HEARTH Act also codifies in law the Continuum of Care planning process, a longstanding part of HUD's application process to assist homeless persons by providing greater coordination in responding to their needs. The HEARTH Act also directs HUD to promulgate regulations for these new programs and processes.  Read more about the Federal CoC Program Rules.

FY2021 CoC Program grant competition will be made available upon HUD release of the Notice of Funding Available (NOFA) anticipated mid-summer 2021.

See FY2021 CoC Program grant application documents below.

  • Request For Proposals (RFP) for FY2021 Continuum of Care Program Grant
  • FY2021 CoC Consolidated Application
  • FY2021 CoC Project Priority Listing for Consolidated Application
  • FY2021 CoC Project Rank & Rating Project Listing
    1. Homeless Management Information System
    2. Reentry Housing
    3. Housing Stabilization Program
    4. Transitional Living Program
    5. CoC Rapid Re-Housing For Families
    6. Sojourner's House
    7. Sojourner's House Expansion
    8. Hillsboro Graduated Independent Living Program
    9. Shelter Plus Care Renewal
    10. Shelter Plus Care Chronic Expansion
    11. OR-506 CoC Planning FY2021

CoC Program Awards for OR506CoC:


Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

EFSP Applications are DUE Friday, February 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. to Annette Evans, Local County Representative on the Bi-State EFSP Local Board

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of people who are hungry and homeless throughout the United States and its territories. Federal FEMA funds are allocated to nonprofit and governmental organizations for the provision of food, shelter, off-site lodging (hotel), and rent assistance in local communities. Allocations vary annually and are not guaranteed each year.

The 2021 Application includes funding from federal Phase 38 FEMA appropriation. A total of $240,125.59 is available for programs operating in Washington County, Oregon. All applicants should expect to spend out funds as quickly as possible (prior to October 2021) and follow the ESFP identified eligibility and documentation guidelines. The Bi-State EFSP Local Board anticipates award announcement by March 31, 2021.


County Prevention Assistance (CPA) Program

In 2016, Washington County implemented a new Prevention Assistance program serving low-income households that are severely rent burdened. The CPA program is integrated with the Community Connect system and managed by Community Action Organization.

For referral of persons to the program, please refer to Community Connect by calling 503-640-3263.


Programs and Events Serving the Homeless and Persons At-Risk of Homelessness

Homeless to Work Program

In 2009, Washington County implemented a new Homeless To Work Program that provides transitional housing serving homeless unaccompanied individuals over age 18 years.  The program offers short-term housing and employment mentorship with linkage to appropriate supportive services provided by community partners.  The Homeless To Work Program is managed by Bridges To Change and administered by the Washington County Department of Housing Services. 

For referral of persons to the program, please refer to Community Connect by calling 503-640-3263. Homeless To Work program contact Homeless To Work Program.

Vehicle Camping (Safe Parking)

Vehicle camping programs provide a safe, legal place for people experiencing homelessness and living out of their vehicles to park while they stabilize their lives and gain better access to the services.

On 9/15/2020 the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved Resolution & Order #20-110 to assign responsibilities and adopt criteria to cerify vehicle camp sites for homeless persons under Washington County Community Development Code Section 201.2.36A.

Holiday Meals

Due to COVID-19, the holiday meal program has been suspended until further notice.

Project Homeless Connect

Through the sponsorship of Washington County, Providence and United Way, with the support of dozens of business and agency partners, Washington County Project Homeless Connect will bring volunteers together to connect homeless with critical services and resources in a single day.


Due to COVID-19 the annual Project Homeless Connect event has been suspended until further notice.




Runaway and Homeless Youth - We Care!

Runaway and Homeless Youth

There are many ways that citizens can help support programs for Runaway and Homeless Youth.  If you would like to know more, please see the Runaway and Homeless Youth Help Information Sheet.