Independent consultants interviewed community leaders, businesses, and elected officials.

The response was clear: The homeless problem in Portland is becoming larger, more visible, and will grow. There is compassion fatigue among the citizens of Portland. Nonprofit organizations in Portland must work together to help solve the issue. The need for a new vision to help solve this problem is needed immediately.


Read More

Harbor Chairman Homer G. Williams’s Letter to City Commissioner Dan Saltzman

“We believe that Portland’s homelessness problem constitutes a very serious humanitarian crisis, with thousands of people, including children , in tents, alleys, entry-ways and on the streets as the weather worsens. Many of these people are ill and need treatment. While our proposed facility will not solve the problem, it is a serious and good faith effort by the private sector to assume a leadership role in addressing it.”





Portland is in the midst of the worst housing and homeless crisis in the city’s history.

In 2015 and 2016, chronic homelessness increased 60 percent in Oregon, the fastest pace of any state in the country. During these two years, the homeless problem in Portland has exploded in tandem with the overall growth of the city. A public health disaster has emerged against the city’s backdrop of spiking housing prices that now rival the most expensive cities in the United States.




To learn more about Harbor of Hope’s proposal for action to stem Portland’s homeless crisis, read our business plan and view the site plan for Terminal 1 and architectural low-barrier shelter designs.



There are over 4,000 homeless residents in Portland.

A number that far exceeds the combined ability of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and faith groups to serve in a comprehensive, transformative way. The profound increase in homeless residents paired with new/temporary city rules on public camping, mean the issue can no longer be ignored. There is an urgent need to serve and shelter the chronically homeless in our community.


Harbor of Hope’s Mission

Homelessness is an issue that tests our civic and business sector leadership, challenges our quality of life and threatens our soul as a community known for accepting and taking care of each other.

Harbor of Hope is private non-profit 501(c)(3) seeking to create a multi-purpose campus for chronically homeless and unsheltered people. The center will be operated by the private sector, but will collaborate with city, county and state agencies as well as a host of non-profit and faith-based groups.

A short term solution delivering immediate impact.

The first step forward is the conversion of a warehouse near the Fremont Bridge into a temporary housing facility that will initially provide food, shelter and services for 100 adults, growing to 200 within six months.

The shelter will be run strictly on a reservation basis with no ‘walk-on’ residents and will be 100 percent privately funded. Its success will depend on in-kind and monetary contributions from the community.