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Project Homeless Connect, founded in 2006 and granted 501c3 status in 2019, has evolved into a comprehensive organization addressing homelessness in Washington County.
Shelter & the Pandemic
In 2018, Project Homeless Connect was asked to run the Shelter at Orenco Station—a 90-day severe weather shelter located at Sonrise church. Upon the closure of this shelter during the pandemic, we collaborated with the City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District to oversee two congregate shelter locations: the Elsie Sturh Center and the Salvation Army Building. We maintained ongoing communication with the county to address evolving needs among the sheltered population and mitigated the spread of the virus through proper adherence to protocols. Together, we tackled challenges and refined processes, all aimed at enhancing services as circumstances dictated. Our partnership with the county continued to grow, establishing the Safe Sleep Village—a secure area featuring 50 tents. We then seamlessly entered the winter shelter season, operating a diverse range of shelters situated at the Elsie Sturh Center, Civic Center, Forest Grove Inn, and Best Western in Forest Grove.