News & Updates

Communities struggle to make best use of COVID homeless aid

Winter in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge is wet and freezing, a life-threatening situation for the area’s homeless residents even without a pandemic. Read how the Gorge communities are coming together to provide shelter to some of the most vulnerable residents.


Warming Shelter Transitions to Socially Distant Model

We talked with Columbia Gorge News about our plans this winter.

New Warming Shelter home

October 20, 2020 – We are excited to announce that Warming Shelter services will continue this winter during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shelter will be located in the lower parking lot of Hood River Valley Christian Church and will utilize a non-congregate model based on Pallet Shelter emergency units to comply with updated health and safety guidelines and to minimize risk to shelter guests, staff, volunteers, and the community at-large. Hood River Shelter Services is grateful to the Board, Pastor, and congregation on Hood River Valley Christian Church for opening their space and expanding their mission of service in this time of need. We will be announcing our opening date and hours of operations within the coming week.

COVID Operations FAQ

Learn more about shelter operations this winter.

CARES Act Funding

Hood River City Council direct $195,000 in CARES Act funding to local partners.

The need for a Hood River Shelter

HRSS is the only homeless shelter in Hood River County. Beyond winter shelter we aim to provide the essential services that our guests need. We currently offer healthy meals, clean laundry, fresh clothes, warm showers, bus passes, a medical physician, and other care and social services referrals. We serve our guests and the great and greater Gorge community and we are very open to adding additional services and connections as we are able. If you have opportunities to connect with the Shelter please contact us at info@hoodrivercares.org.