Entries by Sophie Jaggi

Job Opening: Fiscal Director

Organizational Overview  JOIN (joinpdx.org) is a non-profit organization that exists to support the efforts of individuals and families experiencing homelessness to transition off the streets and into permanent housing. We are inspired by the vision of a community where everyone has a place to call home. JOIN has an organizational commitment to equity and inclusion, […]

Job Opening: Day Space Worker

Agency Overview JOIN (joinpdx.org) is a non-profit organization that exists to support the efforts of individuals and families experiencing homelessness to transition off the streets and into permanent housing. We are inspired by the vision of a community where everyone has a place to call home.  JOIN has an organizational commitment to equity and inclusion, […]

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 […]

Home is where love lives.

JOIN connected the Jennings’ family to home. The family of five had previously been homeless. Thanks to their JOIN Case Worker, they were connected with Kami Gray Interiors to transform their house into a home. As a single mother and a survivor of domestic violence, Natalie was beyond grateful to have a home to raise […]