Ok, this actually happened a couple months ago, but we have been so busy that I haven’t had time to write a post about it. Still, better late than never, right?
Portland Homeless Family Solutions — PHFS moves into new home: Family Village.
After years of planning, hoping and hard work; PHFS has opened the doors (in December 2019) of its new facility in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood to families experiencing homelessness. PHFS purchased the property, a former Church building, in 2017. With the help of many local organizations, companies, and individuals, PHFS has transformed the site into a place of hope for families in need of transitional housing. The City of Portland even kicked in $500,000 toward the project, the Joint Office of Homeless Services provided $300,000 and the rest came from private donations totaling $4 million.
The newly remodeled, 16,000-square-foot facility will operate as a 24-hour shelter able to house up to 25 families at a time. It has a day area for families that includes a library, computer corner and a children’s play area. Outside the main building are eight two-bedroom apartments, which currently house families. Stays at all of the living spaces are limited to 120 days. In addition to safe, secure and clean living space, PHFS also provides families with mental health care, life skills classes, rehousing assistance and other services at the site.
Allwood learned of the project in 2018 and immediately offered to help as a part of our Allwood Cares initiative. Seeing how much our Seashell strand bamboo flooring—combined with the natural light and open spaces—helps families feel at home makes us confident that what we are doing is all worth it.
The work, and need for support goes on.
Even though the hard work of building the Family Village is over, the need for resources to keep the doors open and lights on continues. PHFS still requires generous donations and assistance from the local community in order to continue its mission.