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Homelessness Resources

Task Force Recommendations

Task Force for the Homeless:
Implementing Recommendations from the Task Force for the Homeless (FY 17-18)

Completed

Recommendation: The City should participate in the annual Point-in-Time Count. 
Action: The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. On the local level, point-in-time counts help communities plan services and programs to appropriately address local needs, measure progress in decreasing homelessness, and identify strengths and gaps in a community’s current homelessness assistance system. A number of city staff participated in the Point-in-Time Count on January 25, 2018. Staff visited homeless camps, interviewed homeless individuals, and provided information on available resources for the homeless. Staff worked with Luke-Dorf and Washington County before and during the count to ensure a quality count.

Recommendation: The City should continue to fund a post office for Just Compassion to use for their homeless clients.
Action: A key need for homeless individuals is the ability to receive mail. This is important because a mailing address is required for job applications and social service programs. The City funds the cost of renting a post office box. Just Compassion manages the post office box and ensures that clients are aware of its availability. 

Recommendation: The City should continue to provide in-kind support (printing, graphics, design) to nonprofits addressing homelessness.
Action: The City designs and prints homelessness resource cards which provide information on severe weather shelters, showers, and food pantries. Just Compassion distributes the laminated cards to their coalition members. The Tigard Library and Tigard Police also use the cards while interacting with the homeless community.

Recommendation: The City should prioritize homelessness assistance on their legislative agenda. 
Action:
In January 2018, the City Council approved a Federal Legislative Agenda which supports homeless assistance grants. The agenda reads: "The city is collaborating with Just Compassion to address the lack of homelessness resource in Tigard. Just Compassion, a registered nonprofit in Oregon, is committed to establishing a day shelter for homeless adults in Tigard. The day shelter will provide resource information for mental and physical health, as well as assistance in overcoming barriers to employment, job, and housing stability."


Ongoing

Recommendation: The City should support the continuation of the Task Force for the Homeless. 
Action: The Task Force for the Homeless will meet four times in 2018. The task force will review the implementation of their recommendations and discuss new issues surrounding Tigard and the homeless community.

Recommendation: The City should assist Just Compassion in securing property for a day center. 
Action: At the December 19, 2017, the city council proposed allocating $16,000 in projected revenue from marijuana sales to assist Just Compassion with a down payment for a permanent day shelter for the homeless. Other councilors voiced support for this funding proposal as long as former Councilor Marland Henderson supports the proposal. The city council also directed the Budget Committee to consider, during the budget FY 18-19 process, a $60,000 grant to Just Compassion.

Recommendation: The City should create an internal tracking system to track homeless related incidents. 
Action: The Tigard Police Department has adjusted their internal tracking system to better account for incidents involving homeless individuals. The City will continue to review the tracking system for opportunities to gain better data.


For Budget Consideration

Recommendation: The City should fund an annual Project Homeless Connect event.
Action: Project Homeless Connect held a Tigard event in 2017. The city council will consider a grant request to fund the event in 2018.

Recommendation: The Tigard Police and Luke-Dorf should partner on homeless outreach.
Action: The Budget Committee will consider the recommendation during deliberations in April and May.

Recommendation: The Tigard Police should fund four hours of overtime for outreach to the homeless.
Action: The Budget Committee will consider the recommendation during deliberations in April and May. 


Future Consideration

Recommendation: The City should appoint a Homeless Services Coordinator.
Action: The city’s response to homelessness spans across multiple departments. For now, you can direct inquiries to Kent Wyatt, kentw@tigard-or.gov.

Recommendation: The City should provide public bathrooms and/or portable restrooms that are available 24 hours/day in the downtown core and surrounding neighborhoods.
Action: N/A

Recommendation: The City Council should issue a proclamation for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Action: N/A

Recommendation: The City should approve a guiding statement for their approach to homelessness.  
Action:
N/A

Recommendation: The City Council should host an annual service event focused on homelessness.
Action: N/A

Recommendation: The City should create a GIS map with resources available in Tigard and Washington County for people experiencing homelessness.
Action: N/A 

Task Force Meetings, Members and Key Documents

Task Force Members: Bianetth Valdez, Kim Marshall, Carol C Herron, Donna Krauthoefer, Sue Stephens, Darla Tillman-Samuelson, Ruby Buchholtz, Rose Bowning, Dennis Moonier, Carolyn Poach, Swift Falcon, Pat Rogers, Linli Pao, Christina Graslie, Jeanne-Marie Ritter, Marquesa Caldero, Jude Thaddaeus

Meeting Schedule for 2018

  • Wednesday, August 15 (postponed)
  • Wednesday, November 21, Library 2nd Floor Conf Room, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Previous Meetings

Key Document
Bylaws

City Council Discussions on Homelessness in Tigard

Items Requested by the Task Force

City Resources Devoted to Homelessness

The City is committed to addressing homelessness in Tigard. We have taken the following preliminary steps:

  • Supporting federal homeless assistance grants The City’s Federal Agenda highlights support for homeless assistance grants. The city is collaborating with Just Compassion to address the lack of homelessness resources in Tigard. Just Compassion, a registered nonprofit in Oregon, is committed to establishing a day shelter for homeless adults in Tigard. The day shelter will provide resource information for mental and physical health, as well as assistance in overcoming barriers to employment, job and housing stability.
  • Providing social services grants Just Compassion was awarded a $5,000 grant for FY 16-17. The city sets aside approximately one-half of 1% of the prior year’s operating budget for events and social services. The city budgets three set asides within this appropriation in addition to the target amount for grants: the Housing Program “emergency fund” to assist occupants of housing declared to be unsafe; the Affordable Housing Set-Aside to assist providers of low-income housing; and the Residential Services Agency Emergency Set-Aside to assist agencies that provide emergency food and housing to those in need.
  • Contributing in-kind support The city supports Just Compassion with printing services, graphic design, and staff time.
  • Devoting police resources to the homeless The Tigard Times highlighted the work of two Tigard police officers who have daily interactions with the homeless.

LOCAL AREA RESOURCES

  • Good Neighbor Center: Located in Tigard, on SW Greenburg Road, the Good Neighbor Center is a 36 bed facility serving up to nine families at a time. Each family has a private room where they can live for up to six weeks.  Families are provided three meals a day. The Center is supported by volunteers, donations, grants and various government funding programs. Link: Good Neighbor Center Resources
  • Just Compassion of East Washington County: Just Compassion is a coalition of religious, service, civic and business organizations that have joined together to network and share resources for creating a safe and hospitable environment and a community centered response to the needs of those without homes and those living in poverty in Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood. Link: Tigard coalition tackles homelessness
    Resources Cards (courtesy of Just Compassion): Showers, hot meals and laundry and local food pantries
  • Washington County Shelter and Resources. The Washington County Department of Housing Services engages in many efforts to prevent and end homelessness in our community:
    • Shelter Resources. When the temperature drops below freezing, Washington County's Severe Weather Shelters may activate, providing homeless persons with a warm place to stay overnight. Shelter resources includes other services for homeless families and individuals.
    • Severe Weather Shelter Response Plan. Washington County's plan for shelter activation in times of severe weather as well as resources and educational materials for shelter providers.
    • 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. A Road Home, Washington County's 10-year plan, was approved on June 3, 2008. Each year, progress on the goals of the plan is evaluated, documented, and posted online.
    • Housing and Supportive Services Network (HSSN). This group, made up of non-profit organizations, public sector social service agencies, government representatives and the faith based community, implements the Continuum of Care and ensures integrated and coordinated access to affordable housing and services.
    • Homeless Data and Point in Time Activities. Reports of homeless counts, including the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Street and Shelter Count and the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR).
    • Homeless Programs and Events. The Department of Housing Services works with social service and non-profit agencies, as well as faith-based partners, to promote programs and events that serve homeless individuals and families throughout the year, including meal sites, Project Homeless Connect, and the annual Point in Time Homeless Count.
    • HMIS. Resources and training information for users of Washington County's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
  • Community Connect is a coordinated entry system that helps people experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness to find housing resources in Washington County, Oregon and can be reached at 503-640-3263. Individuals and families who want help with housing should call the Community Connect access number to discuss their situation and what help is available (503-640-3263). Community Connect is staffed by Community Action Organization, with offices located in Beaverton and Hillsboro. Individuals and families experiencing homelessness will be scheduled to attend a one-hour assessment appointment to determine the housing and service program that best supports the needs of the homeless household.  Referrals will be made to the following Community Connect partner agencies based on household assessment of need and available housing beds/units.
  • Homeless Veterans Resources
    A compilation of veterans' resources can be viewed here.

Council Discussions on Homelessness in Tigard (9/20/16)

The City Council discussed the city’s role in addressing homelessness at the council meeting on September 20, 2016. Staff presented a report entitled "Defining the City's Role in Homelessness."

In June 2015, the City Council held a discussion on the face of homelessness and the availability of services for the homeless in Tigard. Just Compassion of East Washington County contributed to the conversation by providing a comprehensive report on serving adults without home in Tigard. The council agreed to continue the discussion through the council goal to “define and establish the city’s role in addressing homelessness.”

Read the Just Compassion report (Face of Homelessness report). Read the minutes from the council discussion here.

Staff Contact
Kent Wyatt
City Management
503-718-2809 | Email

Severe Weather Shelters  Severe Weather Shelters
In times of freezing and inclement weather, severe weather shelters may activate in Washington County.  For current Severe Winter Weather Shelter information, check the current Shelter Activation List

Social services at the LibraryDo you need help connecting with housing, health care and other services?
Luke-Dorf’s Homeless Outreach Worker is available at the Tigard Public Library to answer questions and provide assistance. To schedule a specific time to meet, please contact us at 503.726.3736 or email outreach@luke-dorf.org


 

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