JOIN exists to support the efforts of homeless individuals and families to transition out of homelessness 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 always has been and always will be organic—living and evolving—because no one has all the answers.
Organizational simplicity—because responding to the complex issue of homelessness requires flexibility and creativity.
JOIN’s philosophy is one of inclusion—restoring connections and rebuilding community—because the experience of being without a home is of one of alienation, degradation, and dehumanization.
Homeless people themselves must be the primary agents of change—because paternalistic approaches are devoid of respect and devalue the strengths of the homeless people upon which long-term stability depends.
Relationships rather than rules—because in the end, it’s about the people.
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.
JOIN helped 895 individuals transition from homelessness to permanent housing
This includes 160 families caring for 303 children under the age of 18
84 of these households were chronically homeless single individuals
75% of the households we helped into housing retained their housing for at least 12 months
JOIN’s retention team made more than 13,000 friendly visits to people in their new homes
JOIN serves an average of 200 individuals each week at our “House” or basic service center
The racial and ethnic breakdown reveals that of the total people housed, 45% are white, 39% are African American, 8% are Latino/Hispanic, 9% are Native American, and 1.4% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Board of Directors
Chris Bonner, President, Hasson Company RealtorsAndrea Durbin, Vice President, Oregon Environmental CouncilKevin Kaufman, Treasurer, CBRE, Inc.Anna Plumb, Secretary, Multnomah CountyEvelyn Liu, Asian Pacific American Chamber of CommerceAaron Nawrocki, Capital M LendingSara Westbrook, Portland Police Bureau