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Bybee Lakes Hope Center

A building of concrete and glass with the words "Bybee Lakes Hope Center" on the front.
The Bybee Lakes Hope Center provides trauma-informed, data-driven, person-centered services to people experiencing houselessness. This program is funded by the American Rescue Plan, which is investing in Portland’s recovery – and our future.


Bybee Lakes Hope Center at the Jordan Schnitzer Campus is a referral-only center supporting participants to build self-sufficiency and skills to transition to life after homelessness. The Bybee Lakes Hope Center is a facility of Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers, an Oregon-based nonprofit that has been supporting the homeless for over 20 years. Over 500 people at 80+ agencies have completed Helping Hands' trauma-informed training to become referral partners in the Portland metro area.

Who does this program serve?

The Helping Hands approach treats each participant uniquely so that each person can find a sustainable path to recovery and reentry through resources. The Bybee Lakes Hope Center offers low-barrier emergency shelter with an opportunity to enter a high-barrier Reentry Program that offers case management staff, skill-building classes, job search assistance, financial coaching and planning, identification services, mental and physical health care needs, and recovery support meetings if appropriate. This project funding supports expansion of the Bybee Lakes Hope Center, including additional Outreach Coordinators, Resident Advisors, and Case Managers.


April 2022: Program funded

June 2022 - 2023: Funds spent on Bybee Lakes Hope Center expansion

How do I apply for this program?  

Bybee Lakes Hope Center is a referral-only facility. Referral partners are listed here. If you need assistance locating a referral partner, please call the Hope Center at (971) 333-5070.

How is this program funded?

The City of Portland has given $1 million to this program. This money comes from the Federal government's 2021 American Rescue Plan local recovery funds. Portland will receive a total of $208 million from the American Rescue Plan and will spend it over the next few years. The City of Portland is spending money in three priority categories:

  • Houselessness Response and Household Stabilization
  • Small Business and Commercial District Stabilization
  • Community Health and Safety

Read more about these investments in this article: American Rescue Plan: Investing in Portland

Who manages this program?

The Bybee Lakes Hope Center is managed by Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers, an Oregon-based nonprofit.


We want to be transparent and accountable with how the City of Portland is spending American Rescue Plan money. Explore the different projects at our Rescue Plan Open Data website.