Resources During Cold Weather

Find Resources for Cold Weather

As our county prepares for the upcoming cold weather, here are some resources for yourself, and your neighbors, to keep safe.

Cold-Weather Resources

SHELTER ACCESS

If you need access to a shelter:

IF ADDITIONAL COLD-WEATHER EVENTS OCCUR

Severe Weather Criteria: Multnomah County uses the following criteria to determine when conditions pose a danger to exposed, vulnerable people. Any one of the criteria below will result in a Severe Weather Notice if the conditions are forecasted to persist for four (4) hours or more during what would be severe weather shelter operating hours (8:30-6:30 am):

  • Forecasted temperature 25° F or below.
  • Forecasted snow accumulations of 1.0 inch or more sticking to the ground in most locations.
  • Forecasted temperature at or below 32° F (0° C) with rain of 1.0 inch or more overnight.

What does the housing crisis need? YOU.

When a crisis is complex and centuries in the making, we can’t expect it to end overnight, in a year, or even within our lifetimes. This holds true for the housing and homelessness crises in our community, which drag on while people suffer on our streets and in their cars, and others are at risk of losing their housing — and with it much, much more. Without stable and affordable housing, it is nearly impossible to overcome the other challenges to our well-being that so many of us face.

At Our Just Future, we grasp the enormity and complexity of our housing crisis, and also know that big problems are solved day by day, one step at a time. Every day, our dedicated and knowledgeable team partners with people in East Portland and wider East Multnomah County — our longtime service area — to overcome the significant housing barriers they face, caused by deeply inequitable housing and eco[1]nomic systems that still privilege the wealthy, the few, and the white.

Within this imperfect context, we are proud of our impact and inspired by the persistence of the folks engaged in our programs, who so often reach their goals despite the obstacles they face. After doing this work for 35 years, our team has honed an effective strategy to build housing security in three key ways:

  • We offer emergency shelter and rapid rehousing for those experiencing homelessness so they can be warm and dry today and quickly return to permanent housing.
  • We help people experiencing housing insecurity avoid eviction and/or homelessness with rent assistance and other key supports. Helping people before they become homeless is most effective and least traumatic.
  • We build the affordable housing that is so desperately needed in our region. We currently own and operate 900 apartments in 19 housing communities with more coming soon. Oregon has one of the lowest supplies of apartments affordable to people with very low incomes; for every 100 of these households, there are just 23 affordable and available rentals.

We invite you to invest in Our Just Future today. Join us as we build a community where everyone has a place to call home.

What’s Happening at OJF? Read our Fall Newsletter!

Our Fall Newsletter is here! We are excited to share with you what our team has been up to lately. There is so much to do.

In this issue:

  • Learn about our newest affordable housing community that opened to residents
    this summer!
  • See how you can get involved as we enter the Holidays.
  • Find resources that further our understanding of justice, and how we can take
    action in our daily lives.

And more!

Read our newsletter here!

P.S. We also mailed out our newsletter – be on the lookout in your mailbox! If you aren’t on our mailing list, you can join here.

Cheers! 🎉 It’s Give!Guide Season

Help OJF raise $20,000 for housing solutions!

Today is the first day of the Willamette Week’s 2023 giving season – yahoo!
Our Just Future is thrilled to be part of the Give!Guide again this year, our region’s most popular giving campaign, along with 250 other terrific non-profits that make our region a better place.
You’ll find Our Just Future (formerly Human Solutions) in the “Home” category again this year, because access to affordable housing for everyone is our top goal! When you make a gift to Our Just Future, you help us support people seeking affordable housing and economic security so they can have the housing security that everyone in our community should have.

BONUS! Today is one of the Give!Guide’s BIG GIVE DAYS, meaning that when you donate $10 or more, you could win an overnight stay at a beautiful SCP Hotel in Oregon (SCP hotels have a unique focus on personal wellness, social good, and the environment). One donation means three chances to win at three beautiful destinations!
Thank you for considering a donation today – we so appreciate your support!

PS: Exciting announcements in our fall newsletter, including our new affordable housing community and a terrific book we think you’ll love!

Criminalizing Homelessness Doesn’t Work

Last week, Portland City Council voted to criminalize homelessness. A senseless, harmful ban like this – rushed through during election season – couldn’t come at a worse time.

Ways to Get Involved in November

Bring a dish to an emergency shelter, donate items that shelter and affordable housing residents need, pick up and deliver donations in your car, and more. We’d love you to work alongside us to support and build our community.

We Endorse Portland Charter Reform

Our Just Future enthusiastically endorses Portland city charter reform as part of the coalition Portland United for Change. Vote YES on Ballot Measure 26-228.

Winter Coat Drive is On!

More than 200 people call our shelters home, and they all need coats! Can you help us by donating new and like-new coats?

Ways to Get Involved in October!

We’d love you to work alongside us to support and build our community. Bring a dish to an emergency shelter, pick up and deliver donations in your car, and more.

We Changed Our Name!

Welcome to Our Just Future — our bold new name and vision for the future.