• THE PROBLEM

    High housing costs, poor housing quality, overcrowded living conditions, unstable neighborhoods, residential mobility and episodes of homelessness all have detrimental impact on child and family well-being.


  • THE SOLUTION

    Schools, healthcare facilities, neighborhood centers, and child and family services organizations can provide early identification of, and timely and appropriate responses to, indicators of housing distress.


OUR MISSION:

To promote and facilitate access to stable housing as a base for improved child and family well-being.   

A Baby is Dead After Being Found With His Homeless Mother at a Portland Bus Stop

(As reported by By Nigel Jaquiss, Willamette Week, January 17, 2017) A Portland baby is dead after being found last week in freezing temperatures with his homeless mother in a bus stop along Southeast Powell Boulevard. The infant, found Jan. 9, marks the fifth death on Portland’s streets during the cold weather this year…..Shortly before 6 am on Jan. 9, officers from the Portland Police Bureau responded to an alarming scene at a TriMet bus stop at Southeast 91st Avenue and Powell Boulevard….. A homeless woman pushing a shopping cart had opened her coat to show a man on his way to work that she held a newborn baby. Shortly before 6 am on Jan. 9, officers from the Portland Police Bureau responded to an alarming scene at a TriMet bus stop at Southeast 91st Avenue and Powell Boulevard. A homeless woman pushing a shopping cart had opened her coat to show a man on his way to work that she held a newborn baby. Seeing that the woman was barefoot and only partly clothed, the man told her to cover the baby. He then called 911…..The birth occurred hours earlier, officers learned, and the baby had remained outside in weather that hovered around freezing. The texts indicated the baby was alive. “Baby is conscious and breathing okay, but has been outside this entire time,” read a second text from the 911 operator. “Baby is ice cold.” An ambulance rushed the child to Oregon Health & Science University hospital, escorted by a squad car with its siren blaring. At the hospital, officers interviewed the baby’s mother, 34. As two emergency room doctors worked to resuscitate the baby, records show, the woman told police a disjointed story. She said she’d gotten pregnant “by the miracle of immaculate conception” and she struggled to answer basic questions about her address, ethnicity or where the baby was born. “It was very clear to me she was very mentally ill,” Officer Justin Raphael wrote in his police report.

THIS IS WHY WE MARCH ON WASHINGTON…..


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