Division of Student Services

Resources: Housing & Food Security

Note: the below are not necessarily eligible for off-campus Federal Work Study. Please find FWS eligible opportunities here.

Here are some organizations that fall under the loose heading of "housing & food security."

Community Alliance of Tenants, a statewide tenants rights group that focuses more on tenant education and has a Renter Rights Hotline that's always in need of volunteers. 

Janus Youth Programs, a leader in creating innovative, community-based services which enhance the quality of life for children, youth, and families. We work in partnership with others to create a safe and healthy community.

Living Cullyan innovative collaboration that formed in 2010 between Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro EastHacienda Community Development CorporationNative American Youth and Family Center, and Verde. Through its work in NE Portland’s Cully Neighborhood, Living Cully reinterprets sustainability as an anti-poverty strategy by concentrating environmental investments at the neighborhood scale and braiding those investments with traditional community development resources. Check out Cully Housing Action Team!

Operation Nightwatch
Operation Nightwatch has three Hospitality Centers where they provide not only a safe place where those on the streets can find food, socks, clothing, blankets, and medical care, but also caring staff and volunteers who will listen to their stories and welcome them as friends. The homeless, low-income, and mentally ill are invited to see the Hospitality Center as their "living room," where they may interact with friends, share stories, and play table games. On-site nurses address elementary medical needs. There are also sponsored special activities, such as a footcare clinic, outings to local parks and cultural sites, and monthly birthday and comedy movie nights. Visit the volunteer page to learn more and sign-up to volunteer in one of the Hospitality Centers!

Portland Tenants United, a Portland Metro tenants' union, mobilizing tenants to organize through direct action for tenant rights and protections. Anyone interested in plugging into PTU can contact them at and (503) 836-7881 and they'll respond shortly. You can also contact a fellow Reedie directly via Briefly list some of your skills and the type of work you like to do (because they have opportunities to volunteer doing pretty much anything, from phone-banking to art-making to event setup to street canvassing to data entry). PTU recently released a volunteer form, which they would like all new volunteers to fill out so thay can figure out the way they can best get involved. Here's a link:

Potluck in the Park
Potluck has been serving a free hot meal to anyone in need since 1991. Rain or shine, 52 weeks a year, we are feeding Portland homeless, every Sunday, at O’Bryant Square in downtown Portland. Four hundred to six hundred Portlanders do not go hungry on Sunday because of Potluck in the Park. The generosity of volunteers and donations from people like you that our Potluck community continues to provide for those in need.

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