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Human Solutions housing and financial aid programs.

A multitude of services are run by Human Solutions, however a primary goal is to help the homeless or people facing eviction. There are solutions such as the Direct Services to Homeless Families Program and many others. Case managers from the Multnomah County based organization are committed to helping the less fortunate.

Housing solutions

The agency will work to assist homeless families. They offer emergency as well as transitional and permanent housing. Clients will also be enrolled into case management services and can benefit from tenant education. In addition, there is ongoing employment support to help families not only overcome homelessness, but also to reduce their risk of becoming evicted again in the future.

Staff from Human Solutions always work hard to ensure that all of the local homeless families are treated with respect and provided with services they may need. There is guidance to help people overcome all of their obstacles to success. The idea is to give clients the support and guidance as they work toward self sufficiency. Once that has been achieved, the non-profit can help people achieve permanent housing stability, and even explore programs to pay rent or security deposits.

One key resource is the Direct Services to Homeless Families Program. The non-profit strongly believes that having adequate housing is a basic human right. So to ensure this occurs, they help the family make the transition into permanent housing as rapidly as possible. It will also protect their rights during this process. Then, the agencies supportive services assist people with stabilizing the situation and maintaining their new home.

Human Solutions runs affordable housing complexes including low income apartments, in East Portland, Gresham and Fairview. The centers offer quality apartment living for families who are making the transition into a more permanent home. The majority of the units Multnomah County have multiple bedrooms. The tenant will need to pay a portion of their income for rent and participate in budgeting and other classes, but the bottom line is the units can help the homeless.




Additional assistance from Human Solutions

Resident Services are available at each location to ensure that families remain stable. Tenants will also benefit from their social, educational, and employment services, both within Human Solutions and throughout the wider Portland Oregon community. It will also address basic needs, such as rent and utility assistance, food, clothing for work, and self-advocacy.

As noted, providing clients with long term, stable housing is the main priority. Human Solutions will offer this, as well as support for addressing any underlying challenges. To be eligible for their services, or to move into an apartment, clients must meet income restrictions. While it can change, it generally is limited to people with a maximum income of 60 percent of Area Median Income. In actuality, many of the residents earn much less than that, and it is typically earning about 30 percent of median.

In order to assist families in Mid and East Multnomah County region that are just one unexpected bill away from having to choose between food and paying the rent, Human Services also offers Safety Net resources. This include a combination of grants and other financial support. Services range from include Anti-Poverty Education, one-time Rent Assistance, and Energy Bill Assistance.

The Human Solutions Employment and Economic Development Program is for both homeless and very low-income job seekers. Clients come from many backgrounds and are often faced with significant barriers to finding and retaining living-wage employment.

They may have limited education, criminal records and/or a lack of basic skills training. Others are faced with underemployment or long term unemployment. Services include basic education, skills training, and follow-up job coaching. The programs are set up to meet the individual needs of each participant, and include the following:

Living Solutions is a combination of job training and placement in Multnomah County. The support is for those who are not well-suited for traditional employment programs, with the goal of placing participants in living-wage jobs. Services include basic education, skills training, and follow-up job coaching.





Peer to Peer Workforce Development is mostly for immigrants and refugees in Portland Oregon. Staff from Human Solutions address needs of the newcomers. People are often impacted by limited English skills and other barriers, so the mentors partner with them to provide support.

Welfare recipients can look into Community Works. This is a service for those who wish to discontinue their dependence on government assistance. It helps people make this possible by providing underserved job seekers coming from diverse backgrounds with support services, such as loans for tuition or the subsidized work program Jobs Opportunities Basic Skills Plus (JOBS).

Human Solutions has two offices in the region. They are as follows.

  • 12350 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97236, dial 503-548-0200
  • Another site is at 124 NE 181st, Gresham, OR 97230, telephone 503-405-7875




By Jon McNamara

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