Safe Rest Villages 2022-23 Annual Report to be presented at City Council

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Commissioner Ryan and Tivnu volunteers paint the fence at Menlo Park Safe Rest Village
Safe Rest Villages 2022-23 Annual Report has been recently published. It will be presented at City Council on Wednesday 10/11/23 at 3:00 PM (Time Certain)




The City of Portland’s Safe Rest Village program has been operating for two years. The Safe Rest Village 2022-23 Annual Report documents stories, outcomes, and data from the first full year of data collection, and shares significant positive outcomes. These will be shared with the community at a presentation to Portland City Council on Wednesday 10/11/23. (Time Certain: 3:00 pm.) The community is welcome to attend in person or livestream online:

Current status of the program:

  • Seven (7) sites open, geographically distributed around Portland – one more than promised
  • Four (4) shelter operators, each of which provides on-site staffing, case management, community building, and support for all participants.
    • All Good Northwest, Cultivate Initiatives, The Salvation Army, and Urban Alchemy
  • There are a total of 326 sleeping units, including 55 RVs, some with capacity for two people. The number of sleeping units range from 28 to 60, depending on the site. Tiny homes provide private, safe, lockable sleeping space, with heating and AC.
  • Each Safe Rest Village provides basic amenities (showers, restrooms, laundry, kitchenettes, and at least one meal a day), mental and behavioral health supports, 24/7 on-site staffing, and case management to support needs from gaining critical documentation (birth certificates and driver’s licenses) and recovery through to housing.

Key Highlights and outcomes from the first year’s data collection (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023):

In sync with the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant funding requirements, the Safe Rest Village program reports data quarterly. Results are available on our Safe Rest Village Data Dashboard. The Safe Rest Village Annual Report shares results from this first, full year of reporting.

  • Exit Data: 143 people exited villages during this year (turnover allows more people to be served)
    • 70 of those 143 people moved to temporary or permanent housing
    • 35 of those 70 people had been chronically homeless
  • Who was served: 345 people were served in 211 sleeping units (five of seven sites open this year)
    • 33% of those had been chronically homeless
    • 57% of those identified as having one or more disabilities
    • 57% of those reported as being non-white or multiracial
    • 28% identify as female, 58% as male, 8% as other than male/female, 6% as transgender

“Simply put,” Commissioner Ryan has said, “village participants are going from the isolation and dangers of life on the street to connection with community as they build a much better life.”

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