Bud Clark Commons, in Portland, Oregon is showing measurable results in providing housing stability among the homeless.

CASE STUDY: Portland’s Innovative Homeless Service Model

Bud Clark Commons, in Portland, Oregon, is services centre that collaborates with more than 20 organisations to provide comprehensive support to those experiencing homelessness. The Commons provides a dignified space and access to an array of facilities.

Services include a transitional shelter for men, a day centre, a wellness centre and a learning centre. From having access to basics such as laundry facilities through to computer classes, residents are helped to make the transition back into housing. For the most vulnerable, permanent supportive housing is also provided, where resident retention is at more than 80 percent.

The service partners with four community health clinics to help manage some of the root causes of homelessness such as mental illness. The collaboration has proven effective. In 2012, the Commons served more than 7,000 homeless persons at the day centre and men’s shelter, including 200 veterans. More than 350 permanent housing placements have been made.

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