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Homeless Services

With the goal of transitioning to permanent housing, Catholic Charities of Oregon gives those living outside the resources and support they need to build lasting stability and self-sufficiency.

Empowering our unsheltered neighbors with comprehensive care

We give those in need the tools they need for self-sufficiency



We are one of few agencies helping self-identified women experiencing homelessness, many of whom are escaping domestic violence. Our goal is to assist people to recover from the trauma of being homeless and help them become stably housed.

Our Homeless Services team removes barriers to finding permanent housing and wraps clients in a suite of supportive services as they work to re-establish their stability and independence. We offer case management, employment assistance, housing, drop-in services, community outreach, and more. Through our Kenton Women’s Village, Housing Transitions Program, and Street Outreach team, we give those experiencing houselessness the comprehensive support and resources they need to move forward and thrive.

Explore our programs by clicking the tiles below.


Housing Transitions

The Housing Transitions Program (HTP) is a relationship-centered program that operates on the best practice Housing First model. We assist in removing barriers to permanent housing and provide housing services to self-identified women experiencing homelessness, who are at least 25 years old, and do not have any children in their care.

Kenton Women's Village

Kenton Women’s Village is a creative and collaborative project, offering a new approach for addressing houselessness at a small scale. The villagers are empowered, have a sense of purpose, and take daily steps toward permanent housing.

Chiles House

(Formerly known as The Annex) Located in SE Portland, Chiles House will help close a gaping hole in Portland’s social safety net and fill a critical need for the growing number of Catholic Charities clients who find themselves houseless or at imminent risk. Chiles House will offer 27 highly affordable apartments for whom rapid recovery…
Articles

‘To show care’

Posted By | Catholic Charities Communications
Catholic Charities outreach to homeless campers saves lives, builds relationships and can offer a path to housing Splayed on cold damp cement, the man had a face that was quickly turning the color of a raincloud. A woman’s screams for help echoed off the brick buildings of Portland’s Old Town.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: In thanks for Portland’s Black churches

Posted By | Catholic Charities Communications
In the history of Portland’s struggle for civil rights, the church communities of Black citizens wielded the Gospels powerfully and skillfully. They worked peacefully to provide a great promise, hope and future for their communities.

Anchored in community

Posted By | Catholic Charities Communications
Bobbie, 75, wouldn’t dream of leaving Catholic Charities senior housing Bobbie is a human anchor at one Catholic Charities of Oregon senior housing site.

Catholic Charities workers braved cold to help at shelters

Posted By | Catholic Charities Communications
During January’s deadly cold in Oregon, two Catholic Charities of Oregon workers risked their safety to volunteer at area warming shelters. Honor Hehn and Korin Kanzler traveled to the shelters in unprecedented slipperiness, braving falls in treacherous ice left by freezing rain. Fifteen people died in the area. Broken wrists, elbows and hips surged in…