There are a variety of types of alternative shelters throughout the PDX metro area such as:
BIPOC Village & QA Village (formerly C3PO)
Beacon Village PDX | A 10-pod village located at Bridgeport United Church of Christ opened in Fall 2021, with support from the JOHS. Beyond shelter, the program also offers employment and other support services.
St. Johns Village | Operated by Do Good Multnomah under a contract with the JOHS, hosts 19 sleeping pods on land leased from a neighboring church, and includes a community building, on-site housing, and case management services.
Kenton Women’s Village | 20 sleeping pods for self-identified women, operated by Catholic Charities with support from the JOHS.
The Village offers on-site services including mental health care, visiting nursing students, financial literacy and individual development accounts, assistance with job search and/or benefits applications, housing search, cooking lessons, yoga, gardening lessons, social activities, food pantries, and more.
Dignity Village | The first “alternative shelter” village in PDX, founded in 2000 by the homeless community, for the homeless community, on land provided by the City of Portland.
They call themselves “a cross between a transitional housing option and an intentional community.” The JOHS supports Dignity Village by assigning housing case management workers to work with folks staying there.
Right 2 Dream Too | A nighttime rest stop that provides nighttime sleeping spaces to the community and longer-term shelter for folks who also help run the rest stop. The rest stop’s location is provided by the City of Portland. The JOHS supports Right 2 Dream Too by assigning housing case management workers to work with folks staying there.
Safe Rest Villages (SRVs) | A City of Portland led program (supported by the JOHS and providers) to provide unhoused Portlanders with a place to access sleep, basic and necessary hygiene, and access to case management and behavioral health services
Parkrose Community Village | A village shelter on land owned by Parkrose United Church of Christ, constructed and managed by WeShine PDX.
Other alternative shelters run directly by churches and community groups.