Mission

JOIN exists to support the efforts of individuals and families experiencing homelessness to transition into permanent housing. Our efforts are directed at individuals sleeping outside or in their car in the Portland Metro area. Our service provision is not dependent on age, gender, race, ethnicity, faith, culture, language, sexual identity, specific diagnosis, or identifiable issue.

Values & Principles

  • JOIN is striving to become an anti-racist organization because we are building toward a future that is inclusive and equitable. 
  • JOIN is a partner – because we trust people to be the primary agents of change in their own lives. We reflect strengths and walk alongside people on their journey to stability.
  • JOIN is centered in relationshipsbecause we believe in community. 
  • JOIN is creative to conquer complexitybecause the complex issues surrounding homelessness requires innovation and flexibility.
  • JOIN is ever-evolving, living and organicbecause we are all continuously learning and growing.

Equity Statement

JOIN is committed to preserving the dignity, humanity, and uniqueness of each person that we work with on their path back to housing stability. To achieve this, we will:

  • Strive to ensure that all of our programs and services are equitable in both access and outcomes regardless of a person’s race, ethnicity, faith, culture, language, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or family status,
  • Operate with the knowledge that certain communities are significantly over-represented among those experiencing homelessness in Portland/Multnomah County and that there are disparities in outcomes for members of those communities,
  • Pursue effective strategies and devote dedicated time and resources at every level of our organization to address these disparities.

These efforts are performed in service to the vision of a community where outcomes cannot be predicated based on a person’s perceived identity. Click here for more detailed information about JOIN’s Equity Initiative.


2018 Service Achievements

  • JOIN helped 1,377 individuals transition from homelessness to permanent housing, including 161 families with children.
  • 83% of the households we helped into housing retained their housing for at least 12 months.
  • JOIN’s retention team made more than 10,525 friendly visits to people in their new homes.
  • JOIN provided over 6,018 instances of landlord or system advocacy.
  • JOIN delivered over 1,500 food boxes to people in their homes.
  • JOIN serves an average of 80-100 individuals each day in our Day Space.
  • The racial and ethnic breakdown reveals that of the total people housed, 47.4% are Black/African American, 40.6% are White, 7.6% are Latino/Hispanic, 6% are Native American, and 3.2% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

Board of Directors

Chris Bonner, President, Hasson Company Realtors
Andrea Durbin, Vice President, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability 
Kevin Kaufman, Treasurer, CBRE, Inc.
Anna Plumb, Secretary, Multnomah County
Angelette Hamilton, Kaiser Permanente 
Amanda Hess, NW Public Affairs, LLC
Rena Jimenez-Blount, Kantor Taylor
Aaron Nawrocki, Capital M Lending
Rich Rodgers, Community Development Partners

History





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1992

JOIN founded to bridge the gap between housed and homeless communities through unique experiential “immersions”


1995

JOIN creates the Community Connections Program to involve homeless voices in the search for solutions


1997

JOIN hires our first Outreach Worker, helping 2-3 people off the street and into housing each week


1998

JOIN opens the “House” to provide basic services to homeless folks through a barter system


1999

JOIN expands the Outreach Team to 3 workers and helps people end their homelessness


2001

For the first time, JOIN engages and helps to rapidly re-house families with children who are sleeping outside or in their cars


2003

JOIN opens the doors to a more robust basic service center in the Brooklyn neighborhood


2004

JOIN hires the first Retention Worker, recognizing the need for more housing retention support


2005

In support of the community’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, JOIN begins housing zero income chronically homeless people


2006

JOIN says goodbye to founder Rob Justus after 15 years of leadership and welcomes Marc Jolin as the new Director


2008

JOIN helps 518 people move into housing and makes over 3600 friendly visits to newly housed folks


2009

A partnership with the United Way allows JOIN to implement an in-house supportive employment program


2010

Outstanding individual and foundation support makes it possible for JOIN to open the doors to a new enhanced service facility on NE 81st Avenue


2011

JOIN houses over 300 households and serves 80-100 people each day with basic services on the House


2012

Thanks to unprecedented community support, JOIN celebrates 20 years of service and 6,500 open doors


2013

JOIN launches a comprehensive equity initiative in order to critically examine all aspects of our work and our organization through an equity lens.


2014

JOIN expands Street Outreach into East Multnomah County, partnering with the City of Gresham to hire 2 full-time Outreach Workers.


2015

JOIN welcomes fresh leadership as Shannon Singleton becomes Executive Director. Former Executive Director, Marc Jolin becomes Director of The Joint Office of Homeless Services in Multnomah County. Shannon and Marc work together in their new roles to continue moving people out of homelessness and into stable housing.

With Shannon’s leadership, JOIN helps an unprecedented number of people – 806 total – leave the streets for permanent housing, despite the tightening rental market.


2016

JOIN’s 8 – person Outreach Team engaged and built relationships with over 1,200 people living on the streets within Multnomah County.

The Welcome Home Coalition, later became fiscally sponsored by JOIN in 2018, led the first successful housing bond measure to increase the affordable housing supply in Portland through the Yes for Affordable Homes campaign.


2017

975 people left the street for permanent and stable housing through JOIN’s support. This includes 122 families caring for 322 children.


2018

1,377 people left the street for permanent and stable housing through JOIN’s support. 10,525 friendly home visits were made to support people newly in their home.

Once people are moved into their home, JOIN’s Retention Team provides ongoing support. Thanks to the support provided post move-in, 83% of the households we placed remain stable 12 months later.


2019

JOIN’s Executive Director, Shannon Singleton, is appointed by the Metro Council as Co-Chair to the Bond Oversight Committee that will direct $652.8 million in public funds to build affordable housing for up to 12,000 people across the greater Portland region. The funding is the result of the Yes for Affordable Housing bond measure that passed in November 2018, a campaign that was inspired by the success of the 2016 campaign, Yes for Affordable Homes.