With public facilities closed due to COVID-19, the City of Beaverton relied on innovative partnerships to provide showers and restrooms for people experiencing homelessness.
The city expanded its shelter at the Beaverton Community Center in collaboration with Just Compassion, Community Action, and Washington County with a goal to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 among vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness.
The shelter is typically open Thursday nights through March and additional days when temperatures dip below freezing. The city and county-wide partners extended services through May and expanded services to nightly operations with day services as a registered program.
“With public facilities closed, the shelter was an essential resource in providing people a location to shelter in place and receive services, including restrooms, food and a roof over their head,” said Community Services Coordinator Megan Cohen. “There were several people that transitioned into housing or other programs from our shelter and we were able to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.”