Entries by Sophie Jaggi

Covid­19 Impact on Homeless Communities

To combat the spread of the Coronavirus, countries around the world have adopted social distancing measures and stay at home orders. In addition to the stay at home orders, individuals are being encouraged to wash their hands often and to maintain a much higher level of personal hygiene than they normally would. These measures and […]

How To File For Social Security Disability Benefits If Homeless

Being disabled and unable to work and earn a living can be stressful. This can be especially true if you are homeless. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers monthly benefits to disabled workers who meet specific medical requirements and other criteria. If you are approved for disability benefits, you can use your monthly benefits to […]

Neighborly Love Notes

During this time of social distancing, we’re collecting neighborly love notes to stay connected to each other. “Dear neighbor, Times are strange and difficult right now, and I am scared for an uncertain future. But the one thing I do know is that we are stronger together, and I can always count on knowing that […]

COVID-19 Response

Dear Friends,  It’s no secret we are in uncharted waters right now. Recognizing that it’s important for each of us to do our part during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’d like to share our approach to the services that we will continue to provide during this public health crisis.  By recommendation of the World Health […]

The Economics of Homelessness

In the United States, we live in a capitalist society. Capitalism refers to the political and economic structure based on private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. Many capitalists believe that over time capitalistic investments can raise wages and dramatically improve the lifestyles of the working class. It is also […]

Executive Director Announcement

Dear Friends, As the Board Chair at JOIN, I am thrilled to announce that Katrina Holland will be leading JOIN’s work as Executive Director starting February 18. After conducting an extensive national search, Katrina’s experience and commitment to housing justice was unmatched. Katrina works arm in arm with grassroots advocates, local, and state leaders to […]

Mental Health Challenges in the Homeless Population – The Role of Public Divestment In Care Related Resources

Today in the United States, approximately 45% of individuals experiencing homelessness have some type of mental illness, and roughly 25% reportedly have a mental illness that is considered serious. This stands in stark contrast to the fact that only about 4.2% of all adults in this country have been diagnosed with a chronic mental illness. […]

Understanding & Implementing The Housing First Model 

What Is The Housing First Model?  The Housing First model is a relatively new approach to homeless assistance that serves as an alternative to the traditional system of moving individuals experiencing homelessness through a system of transitional housing. The Housing First approach offers permanent, affordable housing as soon as possible for individuals and families experiencing […]

Single Family Zoning Banned By Oregon State Legislature

This July, Oregon’s state legislature passed House Bill 2001, requiring cities with a population greater than 10,000 to allow duplexes in areas zoned for single-family homes. This legislation goes a step further in Portland, requiring cities in counties in the metro area to allow the building of housing including duplexes, quad-plexes and “cottage clusters” of […]