For emergency shelter or critical services in Portland call 211.

Resources for Understanding Homelessness

“Why can’t people just get a job and a place to live? I did.”

The issue of modern homelessness is complex, to say the least. Most people experiencing homelessness have more than one barrier that needs to be overcome before they can secure long-term housing. Consistent support from many organizations is needed in order to access mental or physical health services, find income assistance, apply for housing, and to navigate the paperwork of various government agencies.

Blanchet House is part of a safety net of services created to help people survive during difficult circumstances. We believe individuals experiencing homelessness first need basic necessities like food and a place to live before being able to get a job, find housing, or address substance use issues. Our meal services provide the strength needed to survive and our housing program provides long-term support to build stability that will take individuals on a journey to permanent housing and health.

Below is a list of common topics and questions asked regarding homelessness in Portland. We hope these resources help build understanding and lead to solutions.

Understanding Homelessness in America

Understanding Homeless in Portland (Point-in-Time Survey Data)

Causes of Homelessness


How to Help 


Addiction and Recovery in Portland 


Other Topics

Support & Resources for People Living in Their Vehicles

Maslow’s 5 Levels of Human Needs

Harrington Health Clinic

Free Public Showers in Portland

Rent Assistance in Oregon

Sustainability in Serving 


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