We are all HereTogether
The Supportive Housing Services measure (SHS) is a historic, 10-year investment in the wide range of services needed to help our unhoused neighbors transition indoors– and stay housed for years to come. HereTogether, the coalition that developed and passed the measure, serves as an independent watchdog, a bridge between sectors and jurisdictions, and a wide-reaching communicator, utilizing the full power of our 250+ member coalition to advocate for the effective investment of the SHS measure.
HereTogether unites our community around solutions while advocating every day, at every level, for our unhoused neighbors and our communities who care about solving our region’s housing and homelessness crisis. We are committed to addressing the root causes of homelessness in pursuit of a Portland region where everyone has access to the housing, supportive community, services, and income that allow them to thrive.
We Can’t Wait Any Longer
Our region’s housing affordability and homelessness crisis has reached a critical point. Thousands of our neighbors — veterans, seniors, women and children escaping domestic violence, and people with chronic illnesses — are living every day without a safe, stable place to sleep at night. Many are experiencing homelessness for the first time, and their lives are at risk.
Every time a person moves into safe housing—or stays safely housed—is a win. But we know so much more remains to be accomplished.
HereTogether brings together a broad-based coalition of 250+ organizations, service and health care providers, businesses, elected leaders, community advocates, those who have experienced homelessness and members of the faith community, all united by a shared vision: a Portland region where everyone has a safe place to call home.
How We Got Here
Homelessness in the Portland region has been driven by two critical problems: the skyrocketing cost of housing, and devastating personal circumstances such as a job loss, major healthcare costs, untreated substance abuse, mental health issues, or domestic abuse.
Homelessness is not a choice. Every day, folks are moving into housing, but with the increasing cost of living and continued fallout from the pandemic, more and more folks are stumbling into homelessness.
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Our community has come together behind proven solutions to homelessness.