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Mission Statement

Portland Homeless Family Solutions empowers homeless families with children to get back into housing and to stay there long-term.


Portland Homeless family Solutions is a non-profit that runs two homeless shelters for families with children. The Lents Family Shelter serves as our 24 hour shelter while Family Winter Shelter is a season emergency shelter that operates in the cold weather months. PHFS began at First United Methodist Church in 1994, as one of the few family shelters in the Portland metro area that allows homeless families to stay together while living in a temporary shelter.

Families staying at the shelter are provided a light breakfast, lunch, and an evening meal .They have access to a caseworker, internet, showers, laundry facilities, sleeping areas, and constructive activities for kids. Thanks to many donations received throughout the year, we maintain a pantry of personal toiletry items and a small clothes closet of recycled clothing for shelter families.

People from many faiths and traditions, community organizations, businesses and from the secular community, serve as volunteers. Portland Homeless Family Solutions relies on the services of numerous volunteers each day all year round. Volunteers prepare and serve the evening meal, set out lunch, provide activities for children, facilitate homework help and preschool activities, and serve as helping hands, to coordinate the schedule for guests who wish to use the laundry, showers, pantry and donation closet.


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Would you recommend Portland Homeless Family Solutions?

by Sandy W. (December 1, 2011)
The staff is very welcoming, appreciative, professional, and well trained. Instructions are clear and it's nice to know that all staff and volunteers have gone through a security check. 98% of the time families are also very appreciative. Although it is obvious why some families might be homeless in the best of economies due to various issues, it is also true that most families are hard working people who really have run into some bad luck during these economic times. It is humbling. It is also a lot of fun to play with the kids who really are the champs in this situation. I had one new 11 year old's eyes light up when he saw how his family would get to sleep on a mat and have their own cubby. "Cool!!" What a great attitude---I went home smiling and I should note that I have never felt unsafe while volunteering at this shelter.