Homeless accompaniment program

Many students have a passion and commitment to working with those experiencing homelessness but lack clear opportunities to engage directly with individuals and collaboratively with community organizations serving the homeless. Concurrently, these organizations are often understaffed and lack the capacity to accompany homeless individuals and address all the barriers affecting them. Despite the valiant efforts of these organizations, people fall through the cracks. They need more assistance and support to overcome barriers and address individual concerns.

We are grateful for funding from the Innovia Foundation and the Kalispel Charitable Fund in support of this program.

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Housing is a Health issue

The Portland HEC chapter worked with the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good and HEAL-R (Health Equity and Leadership at Richmond) team to address affordable housing as a health issue.  These combined efforts resulted in: 

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Tent City Transitional Encampments

The Seattle HEC chapter worked with Tent City to pass a city council ordinance allowing tent city to use city property for transitional encampments. This was an ordinance that Tent City had been working to pass and partnered with the HEC to help secure the vote of our local city council member

The HEC chapter held an assembly with over 100 students and community members and got a commitment from city council member Jean Godden that helped secure the passage of the ordinance.

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