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 relationships – because we believe in community.
JOIN is creative to conquer complexity – because the complex issues surrounding homelessness requires innovation and flexibility.
JOIN is ever-evolving, living and organic – because we are all continuously learning and growing.
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 1,348 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 12,028 friendly visits to people in their new homes.
JOIN provided over 6,248 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, 40.2% are Black/African American, 36.7% are White, 13.2% are Latino/Hispanic, 8.7% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 5.6% are Native American.
Board of Directors
Chris Bonner, President, Hasson Company RealtorsAndrea Durbin, Vice President, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Kevin Kaufman, Treasurer, CBRE, Inc.Anna Plumb, Secretary, Multnomah CountyAmanda Hess, NW Public Affairs, LLCRena Jimenez-Blount, Kantor TaylorAaron Nawrocki, Capital M LendingRich Rodgers, Affordable Housing Developer and Advocate
JOIN founded to bridge the gap between housed and homeless communities through unique experiential “immersions”
JOIN creates the Community Connections Program to involve homeless voices in the search for solutions
JOIN hires our first Outreach Worker, helping 2-3 people off the street and into housing each week
JOIN opens the “House” to provide basic services to homeless folks through a barter system
JOIN expands the Outreach Team to 3 workers and helps people end their homelessness
For the first time, JOIN engages and helps to rapidly re-house families with children who are sleeping outside or in their cars
JOIN opens the doors to a more robust basic service center in the Brooklyn neighborhood
JOIN hires the first Retention Worker, recognizing the need for more housing retention support
In support of the community’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, JOIN begins housing zero income chronically homeless people
JOIN says goodbye to founder Rob Justus after 15 years of leadership and welcomes Marc Jolin as the new Director
JOIN helps 518 people move into housing and makes over 3600 friendly visits to newly housed folks
A partnership with the United Way allows JOIN to implement an in-house supportive employment program
Outstanding individual and foundation support makes it possible for JOIN to open the doors to a new enhanced service facility on NE 81st Avenue
JOIN houses over 300 households and serves 80-100 people each day with basic services on the House
Thanks to unprecedented community support, JOIN celebrates 20 years of service and 6,500 open doors
JOIN launches a comprehensive equity initiative in order to critically examine all aspects of our work and our organization through an equity lens.
JOIN expands Street Outreach into East Multnomah County, partnering with the City of Gresham to hire 2 full-time Outreach Workers.
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.
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.
975 people left the street for permanent and stable housing through JOIN’s support. This includes 122 families caring for 322 children.
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.
JOIN expands access to housing by master leasing 11 single room occupancy (SRO) units. Each unit rents for $450 monthly providing people with low income an affordable housing option in an exorbitant rental market.