Since 2014, the City of Portland (HUCIRP), Multnomah County (Joint Office for Homeless Services), and JOIN have partnered with Dignity Village to offer on-site support through dedicated social service staff. Dignity Village partnered with JOIN to employ a Village Program Specialist to help the membership board with organizational, administrative, and systems advocacy support. Dignity Village also partners with JOIN to connect individuals living at Dignity Village with various social service providers to help identify and overcome barriers to housing so they can transition to permanent housing. JOIN helps with referrals to employment support, social security applications, housing searches, healthcare access, mental health and addiction support, obtaining ID and other documents, and more. By partnering with an outside agency, villagers do not lose their housing worker should they depart from Dignity Village.
Contact Victory (they/them/theirs), our Village Program Specialist, for more information.