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Housing placement agency moves east — along with their clients

By Amanda Waldroupe, Staff Writer

Celebration was in order on Friday, April 16 in an unassuming looking, one-story building off NE 82nd Avenue and NE Halsey that once housed a sketchy bridge club and boxing ring.

The day marked the grand opening of JOIN’s new location. It is a momentous occasion for JOIN, a small, social service agency providing outreach and housing services to Portland’s homeless.

The organization’s prior location is enough answer why. Located off of SE 17th Avenue a little bit too close to the railroad tracks, the “Brooklyn JOIN,” as it is now called, was small, cramped, and the building was old and in need of repairs.

“We were working in a much less than ideal circumstance,” says JOIN’s executive director Marc Jolin. “It was too small for what we were trying to do. People came in cold and tired, and it was almost impossible to find a place to be quiet. It didn’t really meet people’s needs well.”

Now there are six bathrooms for homeless people, two showers, and a large, well-lit day space where families can spend time together. A small conference room serves as a library and a quiet space for people to read, fill out paperwork, and use a computer. Continue reading