Entries by Njeri Parker

Community is Everything

Community-Based Solutions to Homelessness Combating homelessness is a constantly evolving process and often does not include a clear path forward. There are many causes of, and factors contributing to homelessness that vary based on city and state. Due to these complexities, there cannot be one blanket solution that will work over time and in every […]

Poverty in America

40% Of Americans Can’t Cover $400 In An Emergency  The most fundamental aspect to achieving financial stability is a healthy savings account. The basic act of saving money over time so that funds can be drawn upon in case of an emergency is necessary when it comes to being financially secure. But according to recent […]

The Many Forms of Homelessness

When most people think about homelessness, their minds often jump to the image of someone sleeping and living on the streets. But in reality, homelessness takes many forms and isn’t always obvious, even from up close. Homelessness can essentially be broken down into four categories: chronic, episodic, transitional, and hidden. We’ll go into detail about […]

Wanted: Cold Weather Gear!

Wanted: Cold Weather Gear Contrary to popular assumptions, hypothermia, and many other cold weather-related issues can set in when temperatures get below 50͒ F. Meaning that the temperature doesn’t necessarily need to drop below freezing to cause severe and lasting damage. This is only one reason why individuals experiencing homelessness have a significantly higher risk […]

First Aid Kits – Life Saving Tools For Survival

When it comes to taking care of ourselves, there are so many things we take for granted on a daily basis. From the simple act of putting a bandage on a papercut, to applying protective lip balm, there are so many things we do each day that help keep us safe and protected from the […]

Why It Matters: Donating Backpacks & Tote Bags

For individuals and families experiencing homelessness, backpacks and tote bags play an incredibly important role in daily life. For adults, teens, and children backpacks can serve a variety of purposes. For adults, 4,177 of whom experienced homelessness in the Portland Metro area last year, backpacks help keep all personal items together. Without a permanent place […]

Summer Heat Impacts Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

In most of the United States, the weather changes dramatically with the seasons. This fact may not seem worth stating, however, for many Americans, being mindful of changing weather conditions is incredibly important for their health and safety. While the experience of homelessness is challenging in every season, the hot summer months can be especially […]

The Importance of Donating Pet Food & Supplies

Throughout history, humans have kept pets for a variety of reasons. Pets are loyal and non-judgemental. They can also provide a deep level of comfort, companionship and protection. For these reasons, it is not uncommon for individuals experiencing homelessness to also have pets, like dogs or cats. The National Law center on Homelessness & Poverty […]

The Effects of Hunger and Food Insecurity on Housing Stability

In the United States, 12% of households (15.6 million households) are estimated to be food insecure. Food insecurity is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Here in Portland, where JOIN proudly serves, this condition occurs in just over […]

Fighting to End Homelessness Among Veterans

Currently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that in 2017, 40,056 veterans experienced homelessness on any given night throughout the country. This makes up just over 9% of the entire population of homeless adults. These statistics represent a slight, but noticeable increase in homeless veterans from the year before. According to HUD’s […]