Homeless Outreach

Who we serve

LITERALLY HOMELESS

  •  Someone who doesn’t have a safe, habitable nighttime residence (Can include people camping, living on streets, or in cars. Does not include “doubled up” or “couch surfing” individuals)

  • People who were homeless before entering the hospital or jail and have been there less than 90 days

CHRONICALLY HOMELESS

  •  Someone who has been literally homeless for over a year, or who has been literally homeless four or more times in three years

  • AND has a disability – mental health or physical disability

  • This may be someone who has a pattern of gaining and losing housing

What is outreach?

  • Meeting individuals where they are – on the streets or in camps, in shelters, in community agencies

  • Engaging individuals who are not already accessing other service agencies

  • Listening to understand the individual’s experiences, strengths and challenges

  • Serving as a resource referral hub to connect individuals with existing services

  • Helping individuals overcome barriers to accessing services

  • Respecting the individual’s right to make their own choices about services

  • Advocating for the needs of homeless individuals

  • Inviting the community to learn more about homelessness and how to get involved in helping

 

Outreach Limitations

Outreach workers/program are unable to provide the following:

  • Crisis counseling on demand - please call the Washington County Crisis Line at (503) 291-9111

  • Financial assistance or cash assistance

  • Transportation on demand - please call Ride Connection at (503) 226-0700

  • Housing on demand, as we are subject to the limitations of the housing market and social services in Washington County

  • Services to housed individuals. For assistance for someone at risk of homelessness, please call Community Connect at (503) 640-3263

  • Extensive case management - we will attempt to connect the individual with the appropriate services, especially related to veterans, aging and disability services

  • Delivery of resource materials from other entities

Community In-Reach

where we are

  • Luke-Dorf West office in Tigard

  • Forest Grove Food Bank

  • NAMI of Washington County

  • HomePlate (for transition age youth)

  • Severe Weather Shelters

WHAT we do

  • Increase our availability across Washing County in locations

  • Have a known location to direct people to for extended conversation

  •  Partner with local community agencies to better reach homeless individuals


Other Helpful Resources

Comfort Zone – peer run support center, 669 S 1st Ave, Ste 200, Hillsboro, OR 97123 (in the Carnation Building),  (503) 681-7900

Community Connect – one point of entry for housing and homeless assistance (503) 640-3263

Hawthorne Walk-In Center – walk-in mental health crisis services, 5240 NE Elam Young Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124 (off the Hawthorne Farm MAX Stop)

Washington County Crisis Line (503) 291-9111

HomePlate Youth Services – drop-in hours and outreach services for youth ages 18-24 www.homeplateyouth.org (503) 320-8965

Just Compassion Day Center – day center open at the Tigard Foursquare Church on Thursdays 10am – 2pm 13270 SW Pacific Highway, Tigard, OR 97223

Open Door Counseling Center – day center with homeless services, 34420 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy, Hillsboro, OR 97123, (503) 640-6689