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Homesless Shelter for Veterans and Their Pets Opens Today

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

 

Do Good Multnomah, a Portland-based non-profit organization, is opening a new homeless shelter today, designed to provide emergency shelter services for up to 13 homeless veterans and seven companion animals.

The Do Good Veterans Shelter will be the only low-barrier Bet-exclusive shelter for men in the City of Portland. It will also be one of the few shelters in the city to allow and care for companion animals. The shelter is free of charge and is available to all male-identifying veterans, regardless of discharge type.

The nighttime shelter will be located inside the chapel of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, which will provide counter support along with other faith communities, student groups and community organizations. 

“Portland is going to move the needle on homelessness through partnerships like this,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “Providing shelter for Veterans and their companion animals provides compassionate transitional shelter as we work to get all of our homeless Veterans into housing. Thank you Do Good Multnomah, First Congregational, and US Bank for partnering with government to benefit some of our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Staff will help veterans navigate through the available housing and employment resources offered by other service providers throughout the state and the country.

“This kind of shelter depends on the support and good will of many people,” said UCC Senior Minister, Michael Ellick. “Each of us has different gifts to bring to the table. We are honored to work with Do Good Multnomah and to open our building to our neighbors who sleep outside.”

 

Related Slideshow: 6 States With The Highest Homelessness Rates

These six states all had at least 300 out of 100,000 people homeless in 2013. 

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6. North Dakota

306 out of every 100,000 people were homeless in North Dakota in 2013.

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5. Nevada

312 out of every 100,000 people were homeless in Nevada in 2013.

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4. Oregon

360 out of every 100,000 people were homeless in Oregon in 2013.

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3. California

367 out of every 100,000 people were homeless in California in 2013. 

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2. New York

399 out of every 100,000 people were homeless in New York in 2013. 

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1. Hawaii

465 out of every 100,000 people were homeless in Hawaii in 2013. 

 
 

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