Working To Address Homelessness In Multnomah County

Illustration of people under a roof 6,905 People Served in Shelters
Illustration of a house and some trees 4,266 People Placed into Housing
Illustration of people in a circle with a pencil and paper between them 13,686 People Enrolled in Housing Programs

Data from Fiscal Year 2023

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For Qualified Shelter Vendors

Request for Information (RFI)

JOHS recently released a RFI to learn about the capacity and interest from the County’s community of qualified shelter vendors to participate in the expansion of emergency shelter services in Multnomah County. This RFI is intended to help the JOHS refine our planning efforts to increase shelter access in the coming year. To learn more about these efforts, please refer to the Community Sheltering Strategy.

Only vendors previously qualified with JOHS to deliver emergency shelter services are eligible to respond, and should have received an invitation to complete the survey. If you did not receive an invitation, email

If you aren’t currently a qualified vendor but are interested in learning more about how to do business with the County, visit the County’s purchasing landing page, and sign up for the JOHS Newsletter!”

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We Can Prevent & End Homelessness

Making Homelessness a Rare & Brief Experience

The Joint Office works to address the homelessness crisis in Multnomah County. We work with community-based organizations and government agencies to provide coordinated, participant-driven and equity-based services for those experiencing at risk of homelessness.

We recognize the co-occurring crises that people living unhoused face, including living with medical conditions and disabilities, behavioral health issues and substance use disorders. That is why we engage each person experiencing homelessness using a multi-faceted and holistic approach.

Data Dashboard

Tracking Progress

View the key metrics we use to track progress, identify service gaps and improve outcomes.

New Housing Placements

This new housing placements chart shows the number of people who moved from homelessness into permanent housing.

New Housing Placements: Demographics

This chart shows the number of people who moved from homelessness into permanent housing, broken down by demographics.

Shelter Capacity

This chart shows the number of available shelter beds at JOHS-supported short-term shelters.

  • The chart shows housing placements by quarter of each Fiscal Year

  • Average shelter capacity (only includes shelters in Multnomah County that receive funding from the Joint Office of Homeless Services)

About The Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS)

Who We Are & What We Do

Formed in 2016, our office coordinates local, state and federal funding to address the homelessness crisis in Portland and Multnomah County. We oversee the delivery of participant-driven, equity-based services to people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.

How We Work

Working With Community-Based Organizations

We work in partnership with community-based organizations to ensure that they have the support they need to serve our most vulnerable neighbors.