WeShine Initiative is a nonprofit corporation formed by a grass roots group of neighbors from several northeast and southeast neighborhoods working together to help find better solutions for people experiencing houselessness in Portland. Our goal is to site transitional micro-villages in participating neighborhoods, with start-up and operational funding from the Joint Office of Homeless Services and the City of Portland, as well as other grants and donations.
WeShine stands for Welcoming, Empowering, Safe Habitation Initiative with Neighborhood Engagement.
We were mobilized by the need for neighborhoods to engage in positive productive action to be part of the solution to houselessness—to offer hospitality rather than hostility– as well as a supportive pathway to affordable permanent housing.
WeShine is addressing the homelessness crisis by building a new model of supported micro-village on leased private property, in residential neighborhoods, with wraparound services and robust volunteer engagement. Our dream is that other neighborhoods will join us in this work and establish WeShine micro-villages throughout many Portland neighborhoods.