Housing & Rent Assistance
Impact NW helps families secure safe and permanent housing through several different programs, depending upon the client’s needs.
Emergency Housing Assistance / Rental Assistance
Impact NW’s Emergency Housing Assistance program is there to support homeless families in our community, many of whom are facing homelessness for the first time. By providing vouchers for short-term motel stays, placement in local shelters, and direct rent assistance, Impact NW supports families during difficult financial times and helps them transition out of homelessness.
Our staff works with each household to develop an individual support plan, which identifies goals and strategies designed to help them achieve financial independence, such as completing a job training program or obtaining their GED.
Transitional Housing: Richmond Place
Richmond Place, a property owned by Portland’s public housing agency and managed by Impact NW, will shift from providing short-term to permanent housing on Jan. 1, 2018. As a result, Impact NW will no longer operate its transitional housing program there for families recovering from homelessness. Instead, Impact NW will focus its support for homeless families in new, expanded ways.
At Richmond Place, Impact NW has provided short-term housing for homeless families since 1996. The owner of the apartment complex in the Richmond neighborhood of Southeast Portland, Home Forward, decided this year to shift use of the complex to line up with federal and local housing priorities. Richmond Place will become a permanent residence, primarily for people who have experienced chronic homelessness.
Impact NW will shift its focus to services that move families from homelessness to permanent housing—in partnership with a variety of housing providers. The transition of Richmond Place allows Home Forward and Impact NW to focus services as part of the region’s plan to end homelessness.