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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Housing Search Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Transition Projects is working to end homelessness in Portland one person at a time.

Programs: Housing - the housing program operates in the day center, doreen's place, clark center, clark center annex, and jean's place. Housing assistance provides rent and deposit assistance to homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless. Clients are assessed and provided case management support to ensure they will be able to remain in housing.

jean's place and men's residential programs - the agency operates three short-term residential programs for homeless adults in the city of portland. The programs provide basic shelter for up to 60 women and 180 men. Residents in the programs are provided with a variety of direct assistance and support, including clothing, an evening meal, and laundry facilities. All residents are in case management and are required to show progress toward independence as a requirement of their continued stay in the programs. The programs are alcohol and drug free. Funding for the programs comes from public support, the city of portland (portland housing bureau), and federal funds. Jean's place opened in 1997 and shelters 60 women. For the men's programs, doreen's place houses 90 men and has been in operation at the bud clark commons since june of 2011; it operated as the glisan street shelter from approximately 1988 to june of 2011. Additionally, the clark center opened in 1998 and shelters 90 men. Doreen's place, jean's place, and clark center offer specialized services to veterans through a grant from the veterans administration. Services include housing assistance dollars, specialized case management, information and referral, and trainings for staff on veterans' issues.

day center - the day center provides a variety of emergency services to homeless and low-income persons. These services include access to shelter waiting lists, housing assistance, eviction prevention, information and referral, showers, transportation assistance, identification and birth certificate assistance, and local and long distance telephone use. The day center serves as a mailing address for persons who are homeless or do not have a stable address. The day center also provides access to a variety of services provided through partner agencies, which has included cascadia, central city concern, and the veterans administration. Funding for the day center is provided by the city of portland and other public support.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 1

tpi is another fine example of goverment espending to much and doing to litle they serve the same 12 people every day and are always pushing for people to participate in nonsense like meditation classes!their laundry machine hasent been dispensing soap for months and they keep using it like that the worst is that the very few helpful people i've seen dont seem to last while the assholes are rigth at home


Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello I would like to stay anonymous because I'm not looking for a handout. I was homeless for over 15 years suffering from depression and drug addiction. I entered tpi and a young man name Tyrone Greeted me with a smile and told me that it did not matter what I've been through that whenever I needed any help that his hours were Monday thru Friday 11am to 7pm. That made me understand that somebody finally cared about me. At that time i was not ready to get my life right so i went back to the streets the place I only new about. I came back to tpi 7 months later looking for Tyrone for help but I could find him at all. I came for a whole week and never seen him. I finally ask a young lady name Kyla what happen to Tyrone she told me that he was a case manager. I called Tyrone and he was able to do goods thing for me. Tyrone got me into Hooper detox. when I got out of Hooper he had me set up with a bed at a treatment facility. from the treatment facility I was able to find work and get housing. I was also able to get my kids back in my life. I am not longer homeless, I do not use Drugs, and I feel good about life today. if tpi didn't have there doors open for me when i was ready I would probably be dead or in jail. thank you tpi


Client Served

Rating: 5

over a decade ago my husband and I were in the midst of our addiction and thanks to the hand up from TPI we were able to get off the street, start to feel human again and find our way into treatment centers that have allowed us to now have over 13 years clean and sober. I thank the Lord every day for the services that have been offered to so many by TPI