Homeless Programs and Events

Programs Serving Homeless Persons


Kaiser Permanente National Community Fund Award For "Care Coordination Program"

Washington County Housing Services will receive a $100,000 grant award on October 15, 2020 to implement a Care Coordination program focused on preventing COVID disease transmission through monitoring wellness of houseless individuals and providing navigational supports to address social determinates of health by reducing barriers that high-acuity houseless individuals experience.


The Care Coordination program will develop trusting relationships with houseless individuals residing in temporary shelter that need a continuity of care to successfully address health care and access to housing; e.g. assist with health care insurance application, referral for preventative health care, and housing navigation supports. The COVID-19 pandemic is magnifying these obstacles for houseless individuals as reported by Built For Zero implementation data reporting average 90+ days from identification to housing move-in date in July 2020, as compared to 44 days in March 2020.


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.

CoC Program Awards for OR506CoC:


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.


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.

For eligibility of persons for Homeless To Work and program contacts, please review the Homeless To Work Program.



Events Serving the Homeless and Persons At-Risk of Homelessness

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.