Serving homeless and runaway youth in Washington County
To speak to us right now (any time, day or night) you can:
Call us at 503.542.2717 or 503.542.2389
Walk-ins are welcome
454 SE Washington Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123
In 2007, Safe Place opened its doors to serve homeless and runaway youth in Washington County. Since that time, more than 600 young people have been helped by our program. At Safe Place, staff are available all hours of the day and night to meet with youth who are in need of a safe place to stay and the guidance and support of trained, caring adults.
Who Safe Place helps
Safe Place serves youth in Washington County, ages 12 through 19, who are in need of a place to stay and help from our trained staff. Youth may be experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless because of instability or conflict in their homes. Youth come to Safe Place in a variety of ways. They may self-refer and simply show up—we provide 24/7 access for these youth. Youth are also referred to us by government agencies, homeless youth providers, families, community members, and law enforcement officials.
For some youth, Safe Place isn’t the right fit. Safe Place does not serve youth who are impaired from using drugs or alcohol, are unable to get along in a group setting, are suicidal, or are in need of crisis mental health treatment or medical care that we cannot provide. When these youth come to Safe Place, our staff carefully connect them with agencies and resources that are better able to meet their needs.
How Safe Place helps
Safe Place starts by meeting each youth’s basic needs: a safe place to sleep, nutritious meals and snacks, clothing, showers, laundry facilities, and a place to keep personal belongings. But that’s not where our services end.
Safe Place offers one-on-one case management. Together with a case manager, each youth creates a plan for their successful future. Case managers help youth achieve their goals by — creating a housing plan, making connections to counseling, public resources, school and GED programs, and helping youth repair or build support systems. Safe Place also offers skill building groups about topics such as communication, school work, organization, stress management, relationship building, health and well-being, and community resources. There are also recreational activities such as swimming and going to the gym, hiking, board games, playing basketball, and visiting museums and cultural events.
Where Safe Place is located and what it is like
Safe Place is located at 454 SE Washington Street in Hillsboro. The facility is located on the Max line and is within blocks of parks, health clinics, counseling agencies, schools, and a GED program. Youth at Safe Place stay in comfortable college-dorm style bedrooms and may also spend time in recreation rooms, as well as a common area with a TV, computers, books, and art supplies. There is a kitchen and dining room where youth can eat three meals a day prepared by staff.