The homeless crisis in Portland has been the focus of much news lately; the closure of shelters, the possibility of a large complex at Terminal 1, and the “sweeps” of Springwater Corridor which will displace nearly 500 people. You may be wondering, what does all this mean for Rose Haven?
As the landscape for homeless people in our community changes, Rose Haven is significantly impacted. For example, our “low-barrier” model makes us the first point of contact for thousands of women and children seeking vital social services, and we have already seen a 10% increase in demand compared to last year. We don’t turn any woman away.
While overnight shelters have been the focus of conversation, day shelter resources are even more scarce. Rose Haven is unique as one of the only day shelters for women and children, providing an array of services during the hours when emergency night shelters are closed. As the city of Portland faces a growing homeless crisis, Rose Haven is providing more critically needed services to women and children, our most vulnerable citizens.
While overnight shelters have been the focus of conversation, day shelter resources are even more scarce.
As emergency night shelters close and new sites and models are under consideration, Rose Haven remains a trusted and consistent resource for homeless women and children; assisting with accessibility, communication and retention of housing and other vital resources.
Rose Haven recognizes the need for more affordable housing for low income workers and more beds in emergency night time shelters; but without daytime services to connect people with the resources they need to meet their most basic needs, more comprehensive solutions will not succeed.
Our unique model of meeting women where they are, gives Rose Haven guests the opportunity to better themselves, regardless of their circumstances.
Women trust they will be safe at Rose Haven. They rely on our skilled staff to provide up to date and timely referrals We offer a single location where women in crisis can come to seek resources and get back on their feet.