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Homelessness Resources

Task Force for the Homeless Continues its Work
(September 2017)
The Task Force for the Homeless continues to advance the conversation on how the City of Tigard can address the growing homeless population in Tigard. The task force’s 18 members, ranging from staff at the Tualatin Riverkeepers and Luke-Dorf to interested Tigard residents, convene once a month

The task force’s early work focuses on understanding the number of homeless individuals in Tigard, the services currently offered by the city for the homeless and the role of non-profits and faith-based organizations in addressing the needs of the homeless. In December, the Task Force will present recommendations to the City Council.

While the group works toward developing recommendations, they want residents’ input on these questions:

  • How do you see the community impacted by homelessness?
  • What should the city’s role be in addressing homelessness?
  • What recommendations would you give to the council to address homelessness?

You can provide your thoughts on homelessness in Tigard by emailing Kent Wyatt at kentw@tigard-or.gov

The task force will discuss community input at their monthly meeting and residents are invited to attend. Meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of every month, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Tigard Public Library.


Task Force for the Homeless

In 2016, the Tigard City Council set a goal to define the city’s role in homelessness. The council discussion resulted in council’s charge to convene a Task Force for the Homeless. The task force will develop short-term and long-term recommendations to address the needs and impacts for people experiencing homelessness in the Tigard community.

Task Force Members
Christopher Fanning, Bianetth Valdez, Lindsay Downen, Kim Marshall, Carol C Herron, Donna Krauthoefer, Sue Stephens, Kat Suttles, Darla Tillman-Samuelson, Ruby Buchholtz, Lexi Hallum, Rose Bowning, Dennis Moonier, Carolyn Poach, Swift Falcon, Pat Rogers, Linli Pao, Christina Graslie, Jeanne-Marie Ritter, Marquesa Caldero

Typical Meetings
3rd Wednesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Tigard Public Library

Upcoming Meetings

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Council Meeting, Town Hall
    Task Force for the Homeless will present their recommendations to the City Council.

Previous Meetings

Key Document
Bylaws

City Council Discussions on Homelessness in Tigard

Items Requested by the Task Force


Council Discussions on Homelessness in Tigard
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.

City Resources Devoted to Homeless

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.

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.

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

Reference

Do you need help connecting with housing, health care and other services?Social services at the Library
Luke-Dorf’s Homeless Outreach Worker is available here at the Tigard Public Library to answer questions and provide assistance. If you would like to schedule a specific time to meet, please use the contact info below. Walk-ins are always welcome.

» 11 a.m. – Noon
» 3rd Thursday of each month
» Study Room 2 (2nd Floor)

Contact Christina Graslie to make an appointment at 503.726.3736 or email outreach@lukedorf.org

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