Portland Veterans Stand Down
The Portland Veterans Stand Down – Oregon’s largest – honors and supports Veterans, who are often either experiencing or at-risk of homelessness. Women and men who have served in the military access essential supportive resources and services, employment, and connections to local, state, and federal support. This community-led partnership combines local nonprofits, government officials, corporations, and businesses to welcome more than 400 veterans annually.
2021 Portland Veterans Stand Down
A Hybrid Event
Presented by HFO Investment Real Estate
Join us on September 10th at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Plaza from 9 AM - 12 PM for a special scaled-down hybrid event. Please note that due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, we are only able to offer limited resources at this year's Stand Down, including:
- Military Surplus
- Essential Items
- COVID-19 Vaccines
- Veteran Intake for Programs & Services
- Robust Resources Guide featuring 100+ Service Providers & Employers
Masks are mandatory at this year's Stand Down and will be provided if needed.
Why Host a Stand Down?
Stand Downs honor and support veterans who have fallen on hard times by helping them access essential supportive services, explore employment opportunities and connect to local, state, and federal support systems. In 2019, more than 450 veterans experiencing homelessness attended the Portland Stand Down, one of Oregon’s largest veteran outreach events. Many who attend the event are connecting to services for the first time - a testament to the engagement potential the Stand Down offers. Led by Transition Projects, this critical community event is a success due to the combined efforts of community partners, corporations and businesses, providers, sponsors, and volunteers all coming together with the focus on connecting with veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Hybrid Event Details & FAQs
Join us at 300 N Winning Way on September 10th at 9:00 AM! [ Map It ]
What is a Veterans Stand Down?
In war time, exhausted combat troops were removed from battlefields to places of security and safety for rest and recovery. At home, Stand Downs refer to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation's estimated 48,000 veterans experiencing homelessness “combat” life on the streets. Stand Downs began in San Diego in 1988 and 28 years later, they can be found across the country. There are now over 200 Stand Downs in the U.S. Stand Downs connect our most vulnerable Veterans to the community and help begin to break down the barriers that keep many on the streets. The “hand up, not a handout” philosophy of Stand Downs require the work of countless volunteers, businesses and local, state and national organizations.
What is the Portland Stand Down?
The Portland Stand Down - the largest in Oregon - is designed to honor and support Veterans in our community who have fallen upon hard times. The event, held at the Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum plaza on September 10, 2021 helps men and women who have served in the military access essential supportive services, employment and connections to local, state, and federal support systems available to them.
This community-led partnership combines local nonprofits, government officials, corporations and businesses, as well as veterans themselves.
In 2019, over 450 homeless veterans attended the Stand Down. Many had not been aligned with programs and services to help them get off the streets and were introduced to the veteran services offered at Transition Projects.
Where does the Stand Down take place?
Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum [ Map It ]
300 N Winning Way, Portland, OR 97227
Transportation to the site can be provided. The site is on the MAX and Tri-met bus lines. Free parking will be available in one of the Rose Quarter parking structures.
What happens at the Stand Down?
Registration: Opens at 7:30 AM; surplus distribution will begin at 9:00 AM.
Pre-registration is not necessary.
Food & Beverage:
A to-go lunch will be provided to all veterans beginning at 9:00 AM
Unfortunately, there will not be a formal program this year, due to COVID-19 protocols.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, service providers will be unable to join the event in person. A comprehensive resources guide for all veteran attendees will be available and will include information on how to reach these providers directly.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, employers will be unable to join the event in person. A comprehensive resources guide for all veteran attendees will be available and will include information on how to reach these businesses directly.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, legal providers will be unable to join the event in person. A comprehensive resources guide for all veteran attendees will be available and will include information on how to set up appointments with these providers directly.
Military surplus and non-military clothing will be available at the event, as will limited hygiene items. These will include items such as shoes, socks, t-shirts, jackets, backpacks, boots, and more.
How long is the Stand Down?
The Stand Down hours are 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Registration begins at 7:30 AM.
Who attends the Stand Down?
Transition Projects invites anyone who identifies as a Veteran or has served in the military to attend the Portland Stand Down.
How do I register as a Veteran?
Veterans do not need to pre-register for the event. Simply show up for the event! All registration will be done on-site as Veterans arrive in the main outdoor plaza.
What COVID-19 precautions are being taken?
All event attendees and volunteers must wear masks at all time and stay at least six feet from other guests. Masks will be provided when registering onsite for those who need them. COVID-19 vaccines will be available on-site and all interested attendees are encouraged to visit our health and wellness area to get vaccinated.
480 veterans and their families accessed resources, services, and programs
250+ veterans met with employment recruiters at the Job Fair
162 veterans accessed health & wellness services and medical care
60 veterans connected with Transition Projects for the first time
62 female veterans explored services in the new Women’s Lounge
A special thank you to our Stand Down Steering Committee, our event sponsors, and our dedicated Veterans Services team members for their incredible support!
This year's event will serve 500 veterans based in the Portland metro area. If you're already working with us, please contact your Case Manager to ensure that you're registered to participate. If you're a Veteran seeking support, please visit the link below to get connected to support.
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