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Homelessness Resources

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 for the Homeless Prepares Recommendations
(October 2017)

Since July, the Task Force for the Homeless has been examining the growing needs of our homeless population. The City Council has directed the task force to prepare strategies the City of Tigard can implement, in both the short and long term, to assist the homeless.

Members include task force co-chairs Christina Graslie and Jeanne-Marie Ritter and representatives from Just Compassion, Tualatin Riverkeepers, HomePlate, Project Homeless Connect and Tigard High School.

At its last meeting in September, the task force heard from the Tigard Police Department. The department’s ongoing weekly work with the homeless community includes helping homeless individuals connect with available resources. The task force also is studying how other cities are addressing the increasing homeless population. Members reviewed Santa Barbara’s Safe Parking, Denver’s Storage Unit Pilot and Eugene’s Rest Stop programs.

The task force’s early work focused 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.

What’s Next:
Looking ahead, the task force will develop possible short-term and long-term recommendations, to be presented to the City Council on December 19. The council will consider the proposals as part of its annual goal-setting process in early 2018. The task force continues to welcomes residents’ input on how the city should assist its homeless population. Send your input to Kent Wyatt: kentw@tigard-or.gov

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.

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.

Task Force Meetings, Members and Key Documents

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 Special Meeting

  • Tuesday, December 19, 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 (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

Upcoming Special Meeting

» Tuesday, December 19, 2017
» City Council Meeting
   (13125 SW Hall Blvd.)
» On the agenda:  Town Hall Task Force for the Homeless will present their recommendations to the City Council.


Severe Weather Shelters  snowflake
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 here at the Tigard Public Library to answer questions and provide assistance. To schedule a specific time to meet, please contact Christina Graslie at 503.726.3736 or email outreach@lukedorf.org


 

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