The following organizations and agencies can help you locate a variety of free or low-cost social services in the Portland area. Social services include housing, shelter, food, laundry services, mental health counseling as well as referrals to other services. You might also visit the links under community services.
211info: information and referral
A comprehensive support hub for referrals to food, shelter, housing, foreclosure assistance, health care, and much more. Calls are confidential, anonymous and free. Certified Information and Referral Specialists assess the situation and refer callers using a locally managed database of over 4,200 programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Telephone interpreters are available for help in more than 150 languages.
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
Cascadia provides mental health counseling for people with psychiatric and substance use challenges. They provide crisis intervention, addictions treatment, and housing services for people who are very low-income. Their website includes contact information as well as links to additional resources outside of the area.
Multnomah County Mental Health & Addictions Services
Provides mental health services to adults, children and families. They serve Oregon Health Plan members as well as people who have no insurance or resources.
Outside In is a community resource for homeless youth. They provide health services, counseling and shelter, as well as programs and education.
Portland Women’s Crisis Line
Offers 24 hour telephone crisis counseling for victims of domestic and sexual violence. The organization also offers support groups and direct service counseling for victims of domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse.
Rose City Resource
Street Roots publishes this very comprehensive online directory of services for people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. It is continuously updated.
This organization can help with a variety of services including showers, food box vouchers, clothing, laundry services, Tri-met tickets, information and referral and housing search assistance.