Shelter Projects

HBF Featured Shelter Project:

AV41 – Anisa’s Place

Care Provider:  A Village for One
Builder Captain: Westland Industries/Jim Standring
Completed: September 2020

This new shelter project is a seven bedroom home for 12 to 17-year-old girls escaping sex trafficking to be built in unincorporated Clackamas County. The house will serve 6 girls up to 12 months at a time where they can recover from trauma and live in a safe and secure environment while they get treatment and counseling. The house is named in honor of Anisa Swearingen, a sexually exploited teen who was brutally murdered in 2012.

St Johns Village

Care Provider:  Do Good Multnomah
Builder Captain: MODS PDX
Completed: March 2021

The St Johns Village is the much-anticipated transitional shelter supporting 19 beds on a small site in the downtown St Johns neighborhood. In a partnership with the City of Portland, Do Good Multnomah, St Johns Church and Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services, HBF is helping to coordinate donations and volunteer labor to help complete this sleeping pod community that will fill a huge void in North Portland. Similar to the Vets Village, this Housing First, low-barrier shelter is designed to house guests up to two years and place people ultimately in permanent, supportive housing!

Clackamas Veterans Village

Care Provider:  Do Good Multnomah
Builder Captain: HBF
Completed: Spring 2021

Working hand-in-hand with a local shelter provider that serves homeless veterans, HBF contributed more than $50,000 to support the addition of eleven sleeping pods to the existing 15-pod community in Clackamas, Oregon. Sleeping pods are small, eight by twelve foot living spaces designed by PSU Architecture students to house the homeless rapidly. They provide a place to sleep, store and secure belongings in a dry and insulated structure. Community facilities at the village provide kitchen, showers, bathrooms garden and office space for the village guests.

Inn Home for Boys

Care Provider: True Housing
Builder Captain: Area Floors
Completed:  January 2020

Area Floors pitched in to replace the aging carpet from this shelter for 13 to 19 year-old boys with durable, luxury vinyl tile throughout. Area floors and subcontractor, AVP Flooring removed the soiled and worn carpet in bedrooms and office spaces over a two week period beginning on December 30. The project will be capped off in March, when volunteers from Painting a Better Tomorrow give the spaces a fresh coat of paint.

Just Compassion Resource Center

Care Provider:  Just Compassion of East Washington County
Completed: August 2020

Just Compassion of East Washington County has secured a site for a brand new day services center for homeless adults. This two story residence will be transformed into a one-stop-shop where adults experiencing homelessness can receive hot meals, do laundry,  take a shower, and look for employment opportunities. The project consists of two phases: getting the main floor up and running including renovating the kitchen and office, installing HVAC and exterior siding, and renovating the downstairs that entails adding laundry, shower and sleeping quarters. Just Compassion’s long term plan includes creating overnight emergency shelter beds at the facility.

PHFS Lents Family Village

Care Provider:  Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Builder Captain: Clear Water Construction Services
Completed:  December 2019

This project with Portland Homeless Family Solutions will add beds for 26 families in need. The renovation of this campus in Lents features a 15,000 SF former church sanctuary with a detached 8 unit apartment complex that will soon be the new headquarters for PHFS’s Family First campaign, where they provide transitional housing with an emphasis on placing families in permanent affordable housing as soon as possible.

Hope House

Care Provider:  Community of Hope
Builder Captain: UKA Construction

Completed: July 2019

The second phase of construction funded by a $95,000 Lowe’s grant consists of renovating the exterior envelope: adding rigid polyiso insulation, insulated TPO roofing, James Hardie siding and a new HVAC system. Previously the 1940’s-era masonry structure had no AC or insulation, so the improved R value on the walls and roof will lower the energy bills and regulate interior temperatures. The other major improvement is adding seismic upgrades to the roof. Additional funding from the HBF will help build a half-bathroom upstairs in partnership with Catalyst NW.

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Jordan House

Care Provider:  Youth Progress
Builder Captain: R&E Construction
Completed:  April 2019

First renovated by the HBF in 2014 and 2017, the latest Jordan House renovation entails building an extension of the building to add to bring total capacity of the youth shelter from 7 to 9 beds. In addition, renovation will replace the entire kitchen, remove carpet for new flooring, and add a basketball court and seating area in the back yard.

Hillsboro Family Shelter

Care Provider:  Community Action Washington County
Builder Captain: Shelter Solutions LLC
Completed:  April 2019

This project will be a much-needed renovation of the Hillsboro Family Shelter in downtown Hillsboro that hosts five families at a time for up to six weeks of stay.  The renovation will entail a full kitchen remodel, half bathroom addition, as well as the creation of an outdoor food pantry. The Hillsboro Family Shelter is a critical piece of infrastructure in Washington County’s homeless services network.

Dorothy Lemelson House – New Meadows

Care Provider:  Bridge Meadows, New Avenues for Youth
Sponsor: Renaissance Homes
Completed:  May 2018

Home Builders Foundation, in conjunction with Walsh Construction and Renaissance Homes, assisted in building the Dorothy Lemelson House & New Meadows program. Operated by a partnership between Bridge Meadows and New Avenues for Youth, this fifteen unit apartment-style facility will house at-risk youth aging out of the foster care system. Supportive services will be available to youth while they complete their education and/or seek employment.

Clackamas Women’s Services

Care Provider:  Clackamas Women’s Services
Builder Captain:  Shelter Solutions, LLC
Completed:  January 2018

Home Builders Foundation, in partnership with Shelter Solutions LLC , will demolish the existing confidential domestic violence shelter and build a new facility that will house domestic violence survivors and their children. This new two-story structure will provide 6,500 square feet of space with beds for up to sixteen guests, a large communal kitchen, dining room, office spaces for staff, and community rooms for participants.

Salvation Army Veterans & Family Center

Care Provider:  Salvation Army
Builder Captain:  Tiffany Home Design
Completed:  January 2018

Tiffany Home Design completed an upgrade of the family room at the Veterans & Family Center in Beaverton. The family room, used by veterans and their families, received new carpeting and new furniture. A new television was also installed in this community area used daily. Bank of America supported this project with a $10,000 grant.

Youth Progress – Smith House & Jordan House

Care Provider:  Youth Progress
Builder Captain: Shelter Solutions LLC
Completed:  July 2017

Shelter Solutions LLC returned to Smith House and Jordan House to complete a Shelter Preservation project. These projects focused on critical envelope issues at the two facilities. Thanks to generous donations from Raindrop Roofing Northwest and Woodfeathers Inc, both homes were re-roofed, plus siding was repaired and new gutters were installed. Smith House also received foundation repairs courtesy of TerraFirma Foundation Systems.

Good Neighbor Center

Care Provider:  Good Neighbor Center
Builder Captain: Mountainwood Homes
Completed: June 2017

This renovation project included an expansion of educational programs for children of homeless families in the shelter. The addition added dedicated space for Homework Club, private tutoring, preschool programming and storage for program needs.  This expansion provided them with more space in which to operate a long existing and critically important program for homeless children and was a great partnership between non-profits, the building community and the City of Tigard.

Hope House

Care Provider:  Community of Hope
Builder Captain: Clear Water Construction Services
Phase I Completed: September 2016

The first phase of this remodel project for Hope House, a shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness, included safety upgrades such as a new fire alarm system and sprinkler system, increased bed capacity from five families to eight, the addition of laundry and indoor shower facilities, and the addition of an ADA-accessible bedroom and bathroom.

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Connect ProgramReferralBeds

Care Provider:  Portland Rescue Mission
Builder Captain:  Nathan D. Young Construction
Completed:  September 2015

Nathan D. Young Construction returned again to Portland Rescue Mission’s Burnside Shelter for an expansion project for the Connect Program, a program for homeless women. Ten beds were added to this facility, as well as a kitchenette

Harvest House

Care Provider:  Yamhill Community Action Project
Builder Captain:  Justin Hovey, Water Bear Restoration
Completed:  June 2015

Harvest House, a facility for homeless families, received much needed lead-abatement for the building, as well as new siding and windows. Masco Corporation generously gave a $6,000 grant to the project, which was completed in late June.

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Love INC – Newberg

Care Provider:  Love INC – Newberg
Builder Captain:  Jim Fisher
Completed:  March 2015

Home Builders Foundation completed its first project in Yamhill County when it partnered with Builder Captain Jim Fisher to provide upgrades to Love INC’s existing shelter for women and children. Upgrades to the facility included the addition of a restroom, a kitchen remodel and new flooring throughout the facility.

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Smith House

Care Provider:  Youth Progress
Builder Captain:  Joe Robertson, Shelter Solutions LLC
Completed:  January 2015

Smith House was a perfect candidate for an HBF energy retrofit.  After a thorough walk-thru with HBF Builder Captain, Joe Robertson, it was determined that the highest priority need was to replace the old oil heater and focus on energy upgrades to make the home more comfortable and energy efficient.  The money saved on high utility bills could then go back into the program.   NW Natural donated a new gas furnace and tank-less water heater, and HBF partnered with Performance Insulation to do attic and wall insulation as well as air sealing throughout the home.

Jordan House

Care Provider:  Youth Progress
Builder Captain:  Joe Robertson, Shelter Solutions LLC
Completed:  December 2014

Youth Progress operates two residential facility for boys ages 13-24 that provide a structured, supportive environment to guide them toward a more positive future.  Both facilities were in need of assistance and HBF chose both of them for energy retrofits.  In partnership with Joe Robertson of Shelter Solutions LLC and Performance Insulation, Jordan House received new attic and wall insulation, and air sealing just in time for the winter weather.

Goose Hollow Family Shelter

Care Provider:  Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Builder Captain:  Dave Adelhart
Completed:  August 2014

HBF and Builder Captain Dave Adelhart returned to Goose Hollow Family Shelter in 2014.  With the help of HBA member donations and discounts of labor and materials as well as others in the industry, we were able to dramatically increase the usable counter space, upgrade the cabinets throughout including the addition of upper cabinets for extra storage, add an upgraded counter top, improve the electrical and add a  larger sink and refrigerator.  It turned out to have a big impact for a tiny space that feeds about 30 people every morning!

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Buckman House

Care Provider:  Janus Youth Services
Builder Captain:  Neil Kelly Home Performance
Dedicated:  July 2014

This 100+ year old home that houses a residential treatment program for young men was the first energy retrofit project taken on by HBF in partnership with Neil Kelly Home Performance.  The retrofit included air sealing, insulation, tankless water heater, lighting upgrades, new energy efficient appliances and updated wiring.  Energy retrofits of older shelters helps the service provider put much needed money from energy savings back into their programs and makes the homes much more comfortable for the residents.

Raphael House

Care Provider:  Raphael House
Builder Captains:  Blazer Custom Construction LLC and Shelter Solutions LLC
Dedicated:  September 2013

HBF returned to Raphael House in 2013 to  upgrade the kitchen including new cabinets, granite counter tops, ranges and ADA improvements to create a beautiful new space for 40 women and children who live there.  In-kind donations and HBF funding was over 80% for this project.

Goose Hollow Family Shelter

Care Provider:  Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Builder Captain:  Professional Remodelers Organization
Dedicated:  September 2013

Goose Hollow Family Shelter is the only shelter for families on the west side.  Eight families a night call this home.  This renovation of a well-used laundry room and family lounge was a partnership between several PRO members and designers Garrison Hullinger Interior Design and Designers Edge Kitchen & Bath.  The in-kind donations and HBF funding provided for this project was 100%.

The Harbor

Care Provider: Portland Rescue Mission
Builder Captain: Nathan D. Young Construction
Dedicated: June 2013

Next Step is a transitional “independent living” facility for men in addiction recovery. A full scale phased renovation (estimated total of $1,500,000) for this 13,400 sq. ft. former nursing home expanded program capacity and maximized treatment space. The scope of work included: new ductwork, heating, ventilation and cooling systems, upgrading mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and equipment, commercial kitchen remodel, replacing the roof and reworking dorm rooms and other common areas.  This renovation increased the number of beds from 15 to 42.

Transitional Living Program

Care Provider: Boys & Girls Aid
Builder Captain: NuPark Development LLC
Dedicated: February 2013

HBF partnered with Boys & Girls Aid and the City of Beaverton to complete a major renovation of a four unit apartment building that provides safe and supportive transitional housing for homeless youth in Washington county.  The residents of the TLP program receive case management, help with continued education, mental health services and skills training.

Burnside Shelter

Care Provider: Portland Rescue Mission
Builder Captain: Nathan D. Young Construction
Completion: December 2011

The Burnside Shelter provides crisis intervention, homeless and addiction recovery, short-term and long term shelter, education and job assistance. It is also Portland’s only 24/7, 365 days a year public restroom and food service operation of its kind. Built in the late 1800’s and expanded in the early 1920’s, the facility is in a state of disrepair, and energy consumption is the main source of concern. The goal was to retrofit the facility with energy efficient upgrades to reduce annual utility costs by as much as 35% (allowing precious operating funds to go to direct services instead of building maintenance). Scope of work included: insulation throughout , new windows, framing and moisture protection, installing high efficiency boilers and mechanical systems.

Bonnie Tinker House

Care Provider: Bradley Angle
Builder Captain: Rupp Family Construction
Completion: December 2011

The Bonnie Tinker House is an emergency shelter serving up to 23 women and children at a time (200 per year), providing safety, shelter, food, clothing, support groups, advocacy, and a 24-hour crisis line. This $50,000 “shelter enhancement project” was phased to reduce impact on the residents who live there. Scheduled work included: security, electrical upgrades, efficient heating system, roof repair, window and screen repair, tile work, new plumbing fixtures, landscaping, patio gazebo installation, cabinetry repair and light carpentry.

Cordero House

Care Provider: Janus Youth Programs
Builder Captains: Progressive Builders NW, Lifestyle Homes, Blazer Custom Construction
Dedicated: July 2011

This 96 year old house was completely renovated with updated energy efficiencies to make life more comfortable for 12 abused boys. Now complete, Cordero House will become a home for two additional boys (the program turns away five to seven boys per week). With a new family treatment room and therapist offices, the “healing work” becomes easier. Every wall and hard surface is new. The expanded kitchen/dining area now allows for multiple work spaces, ample storage and commercial grade appliances. The boys no longer shower in shifts with expanded, more private, bathrooms.  A “dude dorm” with flat screen tv and surround sound allow them to be kids again.  An estimated $770,000 was dedicated to the project with over 380 industry professionals, 90+ companies and over $350,000 in donations of labor and materials. This project received the national CADRE award in 2011 for ‘Outstanding Community Service Project’

Raphael House

Care Provider: Raphael House of Portland
Builder Captain: Blazer Custom Construction
Dedicated: May 2010

Unfinished attic space became a Comprehensive Advocacy Center (CAC) offering expanded services to the women and children survivors of domestic violence.  The CAC provides an inviting place for legal aid, mental health services, alcohol and drug counseling, life skills classes, self care, and children’s activities. Despite the economic downturn, 35% of the labor and materials for this $430,000 project were donated.  Received awards from the Portland Housing Bureau in 2009 & 2010


Care Provider: NW Housing Alternatives
Builder Captain: Arbor Custom Homes
Dedicated: August 2006

A residential treatment center for five mentally disabled adults, this home was built to give the residents a place to heal, receive counseling and flourish while transitioning back into self sufficiency.  Over $164,000 was donated in time, materials and labor to this $266,000 project – almost 60% total savings.

Haven HouseHomeAid Portland's Haven House

Care Provider: Catholic Charities/Caritas Housing
Builder Captains: Legend Homes, Renaissance Homes
Dedicated: January 2005

Builder Co-Captains were able to rally other subcontractors, trades and suppliers to donate over $189,000 in time, materials and labor to this $260,000 project – a 70% total savings. Up to twelve  un-wed, young, homeless mothers and their babies call this safe haven “home”, receiving  the care and support they need to begin their new lives.