Catholic Charities Housing for Homeless Women Program

Catholic Charities offers a transition to permanent housing program for women who are homeless.


Anawim Ministries – Helping people who are homeless

Food   Clothing  Shelter  Worship  Garden  Art Studio

Three days a week, Anawim Christian Church in North Portland is open for those who have nowhere in the community to be, and we provide a safe haven for them, especially for the homeless and young people who have nowhere to go.  We are in partnership with three other congregations within Gresham who also provide day shelters for those with no shelter.

Food Boxes and Hot Meals

The City of Portland Oregon

Chart listing of food boxes and places to get a hot meal throughout the Portland metro area. The agencies are listed alphabetically.

Additional information can be found by calling 211 or looking online at

Community Organizations

Friendly House

Provides information, advocacy, case management and help finding housing for seniors.

NW Pilot Project

Provides housing referrals and assistance with moving /expenses  for people 55 years and older who reside in Multnomah County.

Transition Projects

With four locations in Portland, Oregon, Transition Projects serves homeless single adults throughout the metropolitan area. A private nonprofit agency, our mission is to serve people’s needs as they transition from homelessness to housing.

Urban League of Portland

The Urban League of Portland works to empower African Americans and others in our community through advocacy, services to seniors, family health and wellness, youth and workforce development.  By focusing on these areas, we help those we serve to achieve equality in education, senior services, health, employment, and economic security.

Family Shelters


Join on Facebook

Portland Homeless Family Solutions

PHFS on Facebook

Energy Assistance

PGE Bill-payment assistance programs


Low Income Housing

PCRI -Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc.

PCRI’s affordable rental homes are made up of a mix of single-family homes, small multi-plexes and community apartments located throughout North, Northeast and Southeast Portland for rent below market rates.  While the rent amounts for these units are reduced, this is NOT a subsidized waitlist.  Units are offered once they come available, on a first-come first-served basis in the date/time stamp order of our applicants.  To remain Active on the list, you must update your information and interest in January and June of each year.

New Developments

See New Housing Projects on this website for information about projects either in the planning stage or already underway to address low-income housing needs in the Portland/Vancouver area.

Map Tool for Finding Low-Income Housing 

Click on +  to enlarge and the dots to view housing options on the map.

Housing Organization Links

Home Forward (Multnomah County Housing authority)

Home Forward is in the process of renovating 10 apartment communities that provide seniors and persons with disabilities with deeply subsidized homes. (Click to open Fact Sheet PDF)

See New Housing Projects on this website for information about planned Home Forward affordable housing projects.

Housing Connections

PHC Northwest

Affordable housing for low and modest Incomes intended for households earning 60% or less of the area median Income.

HUD Section 8 project-based subsidized units for households earning 50% or less of the area median Income.

HUD 811 for People with Disabilities project-based subsidized units for households earning 50%  or less of the area median Income.

All of the properties have wait lists.


REACH Community Development

See New Housing Projects on this website and this link for information about Isabella Court, a planned Reach development for Clark County Senior Living.

Portland Oregon Low Income Apartments

Oregon Public Housing Wait-List

Oregon public housing property-based Section 8 wait-list for families and seniors.

Clackamas County Housing Authority

Public Housing Program 

Section 8 voucher Rules and Regulations

In particular, see Chapter 10 on Portability.

Public Housing Policy PDF – HACC

Vancouver, WA-based Second Step Housing

Other Resources

Community Alliance of Tenants

Know your rights comic book.

See Section 8 phishing scam warning. Learn how to make sure you’re really applying for Section 8.

Tenant Help Hotline

(503) 288-0130

Friendly House

Information and Assistance

Northwest Pilot Project


New City Initiative

New City Initiative

Our strategy for ending the cycle of homelessness

Get Involved. Let us know how you’re interested in getting involved to build a New City.  

Portland Tenants United

Rent Control

Rent Control Tool-Kit for download

Thats a Goddamned Shed

Thats A Goddamned Shed

The Transitions Project

The Transitions Project

Coalitions and Collaboratives

Welcome Home Coalition 

The Coalition is working to build back the affordable housing infrastructure with at least 40,000 homes affordable to Portland Metro area families. It consists of 113 Endorsing Organizations and a Steering Committee. Facebook site is here.

Steering Committee:

Israel Bayer — Street Roots
John Miller — Oregon Opportunity Network
Justin Buri — Community Alliance of Tenants
Shannon Singleton — JOIN
Nick Sauvie — ROSE Community Development
Rey Espana — NAYA, Coalition of Communities of Color
Anneliese Koehler — Oregon Food Bank
Sheila Greenlaw Fink — The Community Housing Fund

A Home for Everyone

Key partners in this collaborative include Multnomah County, the City of Portland, the City of Gresham and Home Forward. Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury serves as the chair for the executive committee.

Executive Committee Members:

Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair
Charlie Hales, City of Portland Mayor
Jules Bailey, Multnomah County Commission
Dan Saltzman, Portland City Council
Karylinn Echols, Gresham City Council
Michael Parkhurst, Meyer Memorial Trust
Michael Buonocore, Home Forward
Ben Sand, Portland Leadership Foundation

Clark County Groups

These are some of Clark County’s main players:

  • Affordable Housing Task Force: This advisory group submits recommendations to the Vancouver City Council and ideas to increase the supply of affordable housing.
  • Clark County council: The county is providing funding to operate a village of tiny houses for the homeless.
  • Council for the Homeless: The nonprofit is the main organization that coordinates shelter stays and emergency housing.
  • Columbia Non-Profit Housing: This small nonprofit provides housing for low-income households, and looks to build a 30-unit complex for homeless people with mental health challenges.
  • Evergreen Habitat for Humanity: The nonprofit has been helping low-income families become homeowners since 1991.
  • Friends of the Carpenter: The nonprofit has opened a day center where the homeless can stay warm and get connected to social services.
  • Housing developers: Developers have been involved in the Affordable Housing Task Force and conversations around building more housing.
  • Proud Ground: This Portland-based nonprofit helps low-income families become homeowners.
  • REACH Community Development: This Portland-based nonprofit owns a network of affordable housing complexes in Vancouver and is building its first housing project in central Vancouver.
  • Second Step Housing: The small nonprofit provides transitional and affordable housing, and has a 30-unit complex in the works.
  • Share: Besides operating a network of shelters that are chronically full, including the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelters, the nonprofit offers programs benefitting the homeless.
  • St. Vincent de Paul: The Clark County conferences help pay people’s rent and utility bills.
  • The faith community: Various churches are lending their resources, volunteers and expertise on multiple projects around homelessness and affordable housing.
  • Vancouver City Council: The council passed ordinances protecting vulnerable renters, and will consider more laws around affordable housing.
  • Vancouver Housing Authority: VHA provides subsidized and affordable housing to low-income families through several programs.

Getting Prepared When Losing Your Housing

People who suspect they’ll lose their housing should apply for benefits before they are actually homeless.  They should ask about transitional housing, as well as public housing and Section 8 aid.  Inquiring through local homelessness organizations may also yield temporary housing.  If possible, these individuals should work to secure valid identification, find a place to receive mail and locate a place to store their belongings.  In many cases, shelters limit occupants to two bags.   Some shelters also require identification and may charge a nominal fee for shelter.

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, over 600,000 people were homeless in 2013.  Many of these people qualify for some type of housing assistance, but it’s essential that people who qualify for these programs apply at their state or local housing office.  Non-profits can also offer help; homeless adults should ask shelter workers for program recommendations in their area.


  • Don’t be afraid or ashamed to seek housing assistance immediately.
  • Check out federal and state programs through your local housing authority.
  • National and local non-profits may offer housing assistance in your area.
  • If you are a homeless teenager, young adult or veteran, there are specialized programs for you.