Bridging a Culture of Caring
Cascadia takes on some of Portland’s toughest issues—families facing eviction, chronic homelessness and serious health conditions. The people we serve experience severe mental health and addiction challenges and are impacted by poverty.
We are Oregon’s community health and housing nonprofit partner serving more than 16,000 people each year. We provide the largest permanent housing support in Portland for people experiencing serious mental health disabilities.
Having a place to call home is essential. We believe that the key to helping people heal, recover, and achieve improved health and wellness is to provide housing first.
Cascadia offers affordable housing options as quickly as possible for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Once we have helped someone transition into a home, we provide health and supportive services to help them maintain their housing and avoid returning to homelessness.
Our community’s housing needs have shifted dramatically in recent years. In 2012, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Portland was $951. Today, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment has increased to $1,564.
For a Portland family of three living below the current federal poverty level ($1,674 per month), to qualify for a monthly distribution from the Oregon Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the family must have little or no income. The monthly TANF distribution for a family of three in 2016 is $506. Please take a moment to consider the many challenges some families in our community face.
We are caring for someone’s daughter, son, mother, father, sister, brother or friend—people who are trying to survive. We are ordinary people helping those in our community to overcome extraordinary challenges.
We can’t do this alone. We ask you to please consider a gift of $25, $50, $100 or whatever amount you can give today.
Your gift of $50 can provide basic household necessities for one of our residents; or $100 can provide one month of utility assistance to help one of our families; or $500 can provide one month of rental assistance to help a single mother avoid eviction.
Please join us with your gift today to Bridge a Culture of Caring throughout Oregon.