A Look Into PHFS Shelters
Portland Homeless Family Solutions: About Us
Portland Homeless Family Solutions’ (PHFS) mission is to provide temporary, emergency shelter to homeless families with children; to give access to transitional resources and teach life skills to help families find permanent housing and stay there long-term; and to advocate for the alleviation of family homelessness.
We operate four main programs:
- The Goose Hollow Family Shelter (GHFS) is our night shelter for 8 homeless families every night of the year. It is located at the First United Methodist Church of Portland. Open since 1994, GHFS is the only shelter for homeless families on the west side of the Willamette River and is one of only two year-round family shelters in all of Multnomah County.
- The Thirteen Salmon Family Center (13Salmon) is our day shelter for the 8 families that sleep at GHFS at night plus 6-8 families from partner shelter organizations. It is located at the First Unitarian Church of Portland.We teach several life skills classes to help families learn new skills. All families meet weekly with a Housing Specialist Case Manager to develop action plans for reaching housing, career, and financial goals. In 2012, we helped 90% of our families find permanent housing.
- The Village Support Network (VSN) supports families’ transition from shelter to housing for about 6-8 months after a family finds permanent housing. The VSN supports families’ transition from shelter to housing by helping them find long-term community supports in their neighborhoods, work on budget goals and action plans, and identifying employment opportunities.
- The Mobile Housing Retention Program staffs two full-time Housing Retention Specialists that help homeless families move into permanent housing; then, the Housing Retention Specialists work with the families for 6-12 months to ensure they are stable by providing case management and life skills training. PHFS’ Annual 990 Tax Form filings: