My admiration for NWPP staff and compassion and worry for homeless seniors peaked during our February 12, 2021 ice and snowstorm and its aftermath. My house was without power for 4 days. The house was cold, 47 degrees when power restored. I live with my son and my sister in the house where I’ve lived for 37 years. Talk about stability! Throughout cold and dark days all I could think about is how can homeless people possibly endure months or years of what was very unpleasant to us for only four days? We knew there was an end in sight. We had a roof over our heads. We had cell phones that could be powered by our car batteries. We had working toilets and toilet paper. We had canned food and can openers. We had supportive neighbors and concerned friends contacting us. We had ample clean, dry clothes and bedding and comfortable thick mattresses. Once clothes and bedding get wet there is no way to get warm. How could anyone be warm in a tent, sleeping on pavement or mud? Given the thick ice, we lost tree branches. How could any tent hold up to the ice and snow?
The contrast between our “normal” and “normal” for those without housing has never felt so clear to me.
Snapshot of what makes Northwest Pilot Project great:
NWPP works with very low and extremely low-income seniors in Multnomah County to help them keep and find housing they can afford.
Thanks to the generosity of thousands of individuals and businesses, and through partnerships with area funders, we have provided housing placement, transportation and support to more than 40,000 older adults over the last 50 years. We believe housing is a human right and that every older adult deserves safe, decent housing they can afford
NWPP's Housing Program continued to provide critical housing services to older adults over the last year, despite the added complication of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In fiscal year 2019-2020:
NWPP provided housing services to 894 households.
Placed 175 seniors into housing.
Helped prevent evictions for 233 seniors.
Provided housing case management services to 242 households and on-site supportive services to 179 households currently living in affordable housing.
Distributed over $230,000 in COVID CARES Relief funds to older adults experiencing housing instability due to the pandemic.
Distributed $40,000 to 80 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) financially impacted by COVID-19 as part of Multnomah County's Food Justice project.