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Image of a community member in a blue jacket and black pants approaching the gate to Ground Score's storage enclosure, which is located in its warehouse in Portland, Oregon. The gate to the enclosure is open, and a Ground Score coordinator is looking at the community member while helping them by pulling out a large plastic storage in from the metal shelves.
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The Ground Score Storage program, generously sponsored by the Joint Office of Homeless Services, offers a secure and convenient solution for community members to store their belongings during the day. Open on weekdays from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, this program removes the burden of carrying possessions throughout the day, allowing participants the freedom to go about their business without worry.

The program provides a safe and secure environment, with a locked, collapsible gate and a dedicated coordinator present at all times. This affords them the ability to attend to life’s necessities and apply for vital services—apply for IDs, submit job applications, attend interviews, and see to medical needs. 

Participants are allowed unlimited access to their belongings between opening and closing hours. New members simply need to sign a brief agreement and provide basic information for a secure login and logout process. Storage is limited to a maximum of 3 containers (as pictured) per participant. Larger items are permitted if space is available.

 

Additionally, to ensure a comfortable start to their day, coffee is available from 8:00 am to 9:30 am, and snacks and bottled water are complimentary and available throughout the day. Participants are welcome to leave their devices at the storage enclosure to charge.

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Powered by a grant from Housing Multnomah Now, Ground Score has taken on a project to help 20 people secure housing as well as provide them with supportive services for 12 months. 

Interested applicants are currently being surveyed. 

Applicants must:

  • Currently be living unsheltered (car or tent) in the Old Town / Stumptown area of Portland, Oregon

  • Currently be at least 18 years old

Housing Outreach Manager Mac Smiff in the office at Ground Score's warehouse in Portland, Oregon

The goal is to have all successful applicants housed by June 30th. To set up an intake appointment or for more information, contact Mac Smiff at 503-916-9749 or Mac[at]groundscoreassociation[dot]org

Photo from Canva (labeled as such in the corner) of bright sunset over Portland, Oregon. The sky is pinkish purple on above and yellow-orange below, with the sun peeking out from dark tree and building silhouettes near the bottom right corner. The sun is also behind the "Portland Oregon Old Town" sign with deer above the lettering over a shape of the state of Oregon. Overlapping that sign on its right side also the small wooden tower with a conical shape and pointed top that reads "Old Town" in white letters over it. That structure is mounted on a platform, and the sun shines right below that platform.
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Ground Score is teaming up with the Oregon Health Authority and Portland Street Medicine to convene the houseless community and explore ways to improve health outcomes, especially in the areas of emergency preparedness, climate adaptation, and communicable disease prevention through June 2025.

If you're interested in participating in focus groups and workshops, contact Mac Smiff at 503-916-9749 or  Mac[at]groundscoreassociation[dot]org

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The upcoming superfund cleanup in the Willamette River is no small task, and Ground Score is partnering with the Portland Harbor Community Coalition to perform outreach to people living in the affected area.


For more information, contact Mac Smiff at

503-916-9749 or  Mac[at]groundscoreassociation[dot]org

Modified photo from Canva (labeled as such in the corner) showing a view of the St. Johns Bridge spanning over the Willamette River on a bright, clear, sunny day in Portland, Oregon. The photo was taken from the river bank by a pier-like walkway. A large hillside with trees and structures can be seen on the other side of the river.
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