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Unhoused Residents & Safe Spaces

City's Response to Houselessness

February 2023 Update

In 2022 the City of Tigard:

  • Hosted monthly meetings of the Community Homelessness Assessment and Response Team (CHART). CHART is a partnership of business owners, houseless service providers, and City staff who convene to share information and ideas and collaborate on solutions for houselessness.
  • Participated in the Cities and County Leadership Meetings to discuss how Washington County and its jurisdictions are creating Time, Place, Manner ordinances and responding to other issues relating to houselessness.
  • Hired a full-time Program Manager to coordinate the City’s response to houselessness and develop a strategy.
  • Identified potential sites for pallet shelters and safe parking lots.

Looking forward to 2023, Tigard is:

  • Developing a Houselessness Action Plan. This Plan will outline the key activities that City will engage in over the next two years to reduce houselessness in Tigard and will be presented to Council in March, 2023.
  • Advocating through the League of Oregon Cities and Oregon Mayor’s Association for State funding to respond to houselessness. Tigard is requesting per capita funding for health and wellness services, capital improvements funding for emergency shelters, and long-term shelter solutions.
  • Expanding the CHART partnership to include members of the faith-based community, houseless community members, and more.
  • Siting transitional housing such as pallet shelters and safe parking lots in partnership with houseless service providers.
  • Drafting and implementing an ordinance that allows houseless community members safe places to be while protecting community assets.

Tigard City Council identified reducing houselessness as a citywide goal. You can learn more about the goal here.

Unhoused in Washington County

The number 716 is important to understand. It represents the 600 adults, 69 children, and 47 youth who are unhoused in Washington County. It’s a conservative number based on a snapshot from one day in January,  2021 and represents a 14% increase since 2020. 

This is one of the many reasons that our Council has set a goal to "implement an actionable, person-centric, and regional response to homelessness." The desired outcome is a community that offers safe housing options for all.

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