A Vision for Hope

Bybee Lakes Hope Center (BLHC) transforms the never-occupied, 155,000 square foot Wapato Corrections Facility into a trauma-informed, data-driven transitional housing facility to support Multnomah County community members experiencing homelessness.

The Hope Center will be operated by Oregon-based nonprofit Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers, an organization that has been successfully providing transitional housing since 2002. Their organization has grown to include eleven facilities in four counties in Oregon.


How To Become A Referring Partner

How do you register to be a community partner who can refer to the program?

All community partners who would like to refer clients to the Bybee Lakes Hope Center will need to attend a virtual training session to register. The training will include an overview of the programs and services Helping Hands offers, as well as a trauma-informed guideline for how to screen for eligibility. Please contact the Facility Director, Jeff Woodward at j.woodward@helpinghandsreentry.org to schedule a training session. Referrals to the Hope Center will be accepted from registered community partners from the Portland Metro Area only.

How To Become A Client

How do I become a client at Bybee Lakes Hope Center?

Helping Hands provides services to those experiencing homelessness who are ready to make sustainable changes to achieve self-sufficiency. Referrals to the Hope Center will be accepted from the following registered community partners: Union Gospel Mission, Portland Rescue Mission, Portland Fire & Rescue, Harbor of Hope, and the Native American Rehabilitation Association of the NW, Portland Public Schools, Portland Police Bureau, Bridges to Change, Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon, Portland Street Response, and Dual Diagnosis Association of Oregon.

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Together we make all the difference


We believe that people can change. That together we can overcome the obstacles to realize our vision for a Hope Center. We believe that we can form effective collaborative partnerships to wrap around people who need our help and that our community members and the private sector can utilize this asset to create lasting change for hundreds in the Portland Metro Area.