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Homelessness in Gresham

  • Homelessness is a complex, challenging issue and a top priority for the City.  We work closely with local organizations and other government agencies in response to this growing community issue.

    • Local Efforts to Address Homelessness
    • Services and Assistance
    • Council Listening Session
    Local Efforts to Address Homelessness
    City Homeless Services staff

    The City has two staff who serve as the first point of contact for individuals in need of shelter,
    housing, or other related services.

    Request services or report a homelessness issue through My Gresham, or call our team at 503-618-2441.

    Ending veteran homelessness

    The City joined A Home for Everyone to place nearly 700 local veterans into permanent housing.

    Gathering better data

    The City assists with the county-wide Point-in-Time Count every two years. It provides critical data on homelessness for resource allocation and decision making.

    Pass-through funding for local providers

    The City partners with Human Solutions and other social service providers to bring families out of homelessness using federal Community Development Block Grants.

    Support for homeless students

    The Second Home program provides stable housing for Gresham high school youth in partnership with the Gresham-Barlow School District, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and East Metro Mediation.

    Participation with Home Forward 

    Councilor David Widmark and two Gresham residents serve on the board of directors for Home Forward, which advocates for affordable housing where families are being priced out of the community.

    A Home for Everyone strategies and investments

    The City participates in A Home for Everyone, our region's first truly comprehensive strategy for addressing homelessness.

      Services and Assistance

      A number of services are available countywide for those seeking homeless services and assistance.

      211.org

      Call 2-1-1 for local shelter information or visit 211.org.

      Social Services

      Learn more about local and regional resources for social services

      Second Home

      Helps provide housing for homeless students in the Gresham-Barlow School District.  

      Read about Second Home.

      Human Solutions

      Human Solutions provides homeless and other services to people in the area.

      JOIN

      JOIN is a local homeless outreach organization; supports the efforts of the homeless to transition into permanent housing.

      Council Listening Session

      A Council Listening session in May 2019 discussed the issue of homelessness in Gresham. The event included a report from the City on current homeless programs and projects, and an opportunity for community members to provide input.

      Read more about this meeting.

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      • The City has two Homeless Services staff who serve as point of contact for individuals in need. This video tells the story following Community Health Services Advisor Kevin Dahlgren.

        Request services or report a homelessness issue through the My Gresham app. Or, call our team at 503-618-2441.

      • Central City Concern Clean Start, under contract with the City of Gresham, provides paid mentored work experience for individuals transitioning out of homelessness. The Clean Start team cleans up Gresham's trails and open spaces in areas impacted by homelessness.

    • Task force on homelessness

      A citizen task force on homelessness in 2016 investigated issues and solutions from a Gresham perspective to inform the City Council.

      Gresham Task Force on Homelessness Report

      The City Council continues to address homelessness in its Council Work Plan.