The Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter closed on Sunday, May 30, after being open for 196 days in a row, 24/7. While this is the longest shelter season thus far, there is still a critical gap in our community — shelter during the nonwinter months. After months of shelter, it has become clearer than ever that a vision for permanent shelter will increase the stability provided to individuals experiencing homelessness and provide a critical link for transition to housing.
That vision is now on its way to becoming a reality thanks to Mayor Lacey Beaty’s collaboration with state representatives and senators.
It’s rad to partner with people like Senator Kate Lieber and Representatives Wlnsvey Campos and Sheri Schouten,” said Mayor Beaty. “Through our conversations, these elected partners became convinced of this critical need in our area and committed to investing a portion of their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocations to establish a permanent shelter right here in Beaverton.”
The city expects to receive $2 million in APRA funding to create a year-round homeless shelter.
This is an incredible opportunity to respond to the homelessness crisis and the community’s long-term call for permanent shelter through the Community Vision and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan. The permanent shelter will also respond to one of the critical priorities identified by the Washington County Local Implementation Plan for the Metro Supportive Housing Services bond. Specifically, it will create the first year-round congregate shelter for chronically homeless individuals in the county.
The next steps for creating the permanent shelter in Beaverton will include changes to Beaverton code to reflect a new state law that allows for year-round shelter in Beaverton, securing a location, and working with partners and service providers to develop a model for the shelter. This model responds to the needs of those most impacted by homelessness, which data show are disproportionately Black, Indigenous and people of color, as well as people with disabilities, seniors, immigrants and those who identify as LGBTQ+.
For more information and updates on the project, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/shelter.