Health & Human Services

Posted on: October 11, 2017

Oxford Street Shelter Receives National Alliance to End Homelessness Innovation & Excellence Award

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that the National Alliance to End Homelessness awarded the Oxford Street Shelter as one of its recipients for the 2017 Innovation and Excellence Awards. The Alliance’s Annual Awards Ceremony honors those individuals and organizations making extraordinary efforts to end homelessness in their communities, and recognizes their impact in advancing the mission to end homelessness nationwide. This year’s ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 26 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. 


The Oxford Street Shelter is honored for its “Long Term Stayers” initiative. In the face of state budget cuts and overwhelming shelter capacity issues, this effort was conceived as a means of better identifying, prioritizing, and housing those individuals who had spent the most cumulative nights in emergency shelter. In the program’s first two years, 125 people – representing a combined 150 years of shelter stays – have been successfully housed. As a result, the Long Term Stayers initiative has decreased the total number of people seeking shelter on a given night, reduced the total number of bed nights used, eliminated the need for multiple overflow shelters, reduced the rate of returns to homelessness, and built broad community will towards ending long-term homelessness in Portland.


"This initiative has been successful in uniting a community around a single, achievable goal,” said Rob Parritt, Manager of the Oxford Street Shelter. “We have so many tremendous community partners and agencies at the table every week and this initiative could not be successful without them. The amount of skill, expertise and problem solving in one room all working in the best interest of our most vulnerable neighbors is truly impressive."


“Ending homelessness in any community demands a relentless focus on innovation and pursuit of excellence,” said Nan Roman, President and CEO of the Alliance. “This year’s awardees demonstrate the power and potential to create lasting change and put us on the road to ending homelessness. We are delighted to recognize their outstanding efforts.”


About the National Alliance to End Homelessness
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonprofit, non-partisan, organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. As a leading voice on the issue of homelessness, the Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions; works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity; and provides data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.

Social Services Division
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