Homeless & Housing Services

Catholic Charities of Oregon develops innovative solutions for some of our region’s most pressing housing challenges.

Caritas Housing

Shelter is a basic human need, deserved by all. To date, Catholic Charities’ dedicated housing entity, Caritas Housing, has created more than 800 units of affordable housing for over 1,900 individuals.

Resident Services

Catholic Charities of Oregon provides on-site, relationship-centered services with the primary goal of helping residents maintain their housing and thrive as members of our community.

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.
A welcome mat

Supportive Housing

Catholic Charities of Oregon provides supportive housing in small settings at three locations: Martha & Mary House, Elizabeth House, and Holy Family House. Those locations are part of our larger permanent supportive housing initiative.
An extreme close up of a sleeping pod at Kenton Women's Village

Pilot Programs

A new 12-month pilot program by the Joint Office of Homeless Services and Catholic Charities of Oregon to help faith organizations host safe sleep spaces paired with service connections. We are not yet accepting clients for this program.
Articles

Year-end housing finance changes benefit Healthy Housing Initiative projects

Posted By | Travis Phillips, Director of Community Development & Housing
In its year-end pandemic relief and funding package, Congress delivered a surprise gift for affordable housing: wonky but noteworthy improvements to one of the most common methods of paying for affordable housing, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

Amid Pandemic, Catholic Charities' Dedicated Housing Entity Pledges Homes and Provides Rental Assistance

Posted By | Travis Phillips, Director of Community Development & Housing
The COVID-19 pandemic and housing crisis in Oregon have created acute uncertainty, especially for those who are vulnerable to houselessness. Our dedicated housing entity, Caritas Housing, is taking steps to keep its residents comforted and sheltered.

Resident Services: Distanced but not Disconnected

Posted By | Sally Erickson, Supportive Services Manager
Through two major crises this year, the COVID-19 pandemic and Oregon wildfires, our resident services coordinators (RSCs) have served as our residents’ lifelines to critical resources like food, hygiene supplies, and information. Perhaps more profoundly, however, our staff has helped residents—many of whom live alone and depend on their housing communities—maintain the essential human connection…

Housing (in)Stability

Posted By | Rose Bak, Chief Program Officer
In a region that has already experienced increasingly high rates of homelessness and instability over the last ten years, the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to impact our community for years to come. Catholic Charities’ Chief Program Officer, Rose Bak, illustrates the urgent need for more systemic supports for those experiencing, or who are vulnerable…
Rose Bak