As spring has arrived, the Beaverton Winter Shelter will be closing its doors on Tuesday, May 31, marking the end of its sixth season. The shelter will have been open for a total of 197 days since opening on Nov. 15, with a capacity for 30 guests. The shelter offers beds, meals and showers, and maintains strict COVID-19 protocols of masking, social distancing, and hand sanitizing. An onsite case manager was available throughout the season to help with housing navigation and overcoming other barriers such as obtaining identification or enrolling in services. This model has provided greater stability for guests and increased the capacity for case management that can result in housing through deeper and more meaningful relationships.
With the shelter closing, here are some additional essential services still available:
Community Connect: A coordinated entry system that helps people experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness to find housing resources. 503-640-3269
Just Compassion of East Washington County: Offers daytime space for adults experiencing homelessness, including breakfast and lunch meals, showers, laundry and other support services. Mon – Fri., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | 503-624-4666 |12880 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard
Community Action Library Outreach Worker: Specialized outreach worker to connect library patrons to resources and provide 1:1 support. | 12375 SW 5th St. | Check with Beaverton City Library for hours/days
Care to Share: A coordinated assistance to families and individuals who seek emergency food and other necessities. | Mon-Fri. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2-1-1: An information and referral service that connects people in Oregon
and southwest Washington with community resources, e.g., shelter, food and utility assistance. | 211 or 503-222-5555 calls are answered 24/7
Public restrooms: City Park restrooms have reopened for public use. Open 7 days a week. | 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. | 12500 SW 4th St.
Additionally, a new partnership with Greater Good Northwest will create a street outreach team specifically focused on Beaverton. The goal of Beaverton’s Street Outreach program is to meet the basic needs of unsheltered individuals and to facilitate positive exits from homelessness into housing. Greater Good Northwest’s approach is housing-focused, trauma-informed, and person-centered while focusing on individuals who are chronically homeless, disconnected from services, and have complex needs. The team will launch in May and focus on connecting with individuals primarily in Central and Downtown Beaverton.