While those with secure housing are following orders to shelter-in-place, folks experiencing homelessness lack a place to do so and are struggling with decreased access to basic services and facilities. In response, the City of Beaverton has doubled down to offer more essential services including shelter, safe parking, restrooms and hygiene facilities.
The city has expanded its shelter at the Beaverton Community Center in collaboration with Just Compassion, Community Action, and Washington County. The goal is to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 among vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. The expanded shelter provides a stable, overnight place to sleep and meals seven days a week for up to 25 guests. Guests are screened and enrolled through a centralized intake line at Community Action (call 503-726-0850), with priority given to populations at high risk for COVID-19. The shelter follows guidance for health precautions from the Oregon Health Authority. Showers are provided in partnership with Old Town Forest Grove and Community Connections and lunch is provided by Lionheart Coffee. The shelter is not taking donations or volunteers at this time. For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/shelter.
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District has partnered with Community Action and Project Homeless Connect to open an emergency shelter for single adults at the Elsie Stuhr Center. The emergency shelter will be in operation during the time the facility is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency shelter will be able to host up to 25 people. The shelter is being operated by Project Homeless Connect. Access to the shelter is coordinated through the Washington County’s coordinated referral system. Call 503-726-0850 to learn more.
The Safe Parking Program continues to provide a safe, legal place to park and case management for people experiencing homelessness and living out of their vehicles. The program focuses on helping families and individuals stabilize their lives, gain access to resources, and address barriers to housing. Over the last year, the program has served 28 adults and nine children. The gap between income and rent is a primary reason for homelessness among program participants. For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/safeparking. For enrollment, call 503-624-4666.