Housing & Homelessness

Addressing the Affordable Housing and Homelessness Crisis

OCF supports efforts to address housing supply, rising rents, and a lack of shelter space and public services that contribute to Oregon's disproportionately large population of homeless people.

  • Homelessness: Strategies for Impact

    Affordable housing, housing instability and chronic homelessness comprise a statewide crisis that must be tackled collaboratively by government, business, nonprofits and philanthropy.

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  • Homelessness: How Donors Can Help

    OCF donors play an important role in serving the homeless and supporting affordable housing. This complex issue requires multi-faceted strategies for support. OCF offers ways to make an impact through prevention, education, advocacy, or direct services.

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  • Impact Loans

    OCF makes impact investments to support nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies and funds with the intention of generating social impact as well as financial return. OCF's impact loans are made through the Oregon Impact Fund, a $20 million endowment established to provide low-interest debt financing for nonprofits and social ventures. To date, OCF has issued $12 million in economic vitality loans to organizations across our state.

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Homelessness Reports

While Oregon’s population represents 1.3 percent of the total U.S. population, Oregon’s homeless population represents 2.6 percent of the total U.S. homeless population. This OCF-commissioned report suggests that the state’s homelessness and housing dilemmas are the result of two converging crises. Two reports examine the situation in Oregon: statewide, and in the Portland Metro region. 

 

 

OCF is well-positioned to promote thoughtful strategies for donors who want to make a difference through prevention, education, advocacy or direct services.

Make a Donation Online

We encourage you to consider donating to OCF’s Ending Homelessness in Oregon Fund.

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Other ways to support homelessness solutions

Your donor relations officer can direct you toward further opportunities to support nonprofits and agencies that serve homeless Oregonians. If you're new to OCF, enter your zip code below to connect with a philanthropic advisor in your region.

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