Health & Human Services

Upcoming Events:

December 2nd Community Meeting

Please join the City of Portland's Health and Human Services Department for a virtual community meeting to share updates regarding the move to 39 Forest Avenue. The meeting will take place via Zoom on December 2, 2021 at 4:30PM. See below for meeting information. We hope to see you there!

Meeting Information:

The Health & Human Services Department is excited to unveil the co-location of key programs from the Social Services and Public Health divisions to a single, centralized location in the city.  Combining these services to one centralized location will reduce barriers to those who access vital services as well as enhance organizational efficiency.  In addition, the much larger physical space at the Forest Avenue location provides opportunities for program expansion as well as increased opportunities for physical distancing to maintain health and safety for staff and service recipients.  Check out The Unification of Portland's Health & Human Services project page.

Questions about HHS' move to 39 Forest Avenue? EMail

READ about the plan

39 Forest Ave Memo

39 Forest Avenue April 13 Presentation

FAQ for Proposal of HHS Services at 39 Forest Avenue

India St Public Health Center Survey

GOT a question about the 39 forest ave plan?

هل لديك سؤ ال حول خطة مشر و ع (Arabic)

Vous avez une(s) question(s) au sujet du Plan 39 Forest Ave? Cliquez Ici (French)

តើអ្នកមានសំណួ(រ) អំពីផែនការរុក្ខវិថី 39 មែនទេ? ចុចទីនេះ (Khmer)

Oza na motuna to mituna mpo na Plan Ya 39 Forest Ave? Fina awa (Lingala)

Tem perguntas sobre o plano de mudança para o 39 Forest Avenue? Clique aqui (Portuguese)

Su'aal(o) ma ka qabtaa qorshaha 39 Forest Avenue. Halkan riix (Somali)

¿Tiene pregunta(s) sobre el Plan 39 Para Forest Ave? Haga clic aquí (Spanish)


Weekly service data for the Health & Human Services Department
Program Week Ending November 13, 2021
Family Health

26 individuals served Maternal & Child Health
3 clients seen at Portland Community Free Clinic
9 STD Clinic client seen at outreach 
3 individuals served by Minority Health Mental Health First Aid
Contract was executed with MaineHealth for MHP CHOWs to assist with the Shared Community Health Needs Assessment

Chronic Disease Prevention Program  Tobacco Prevention Program
       - Full Flavor Ban moved through HHS & PS Committee to full Council on 11/9/21
Let's Go!
      - Provided TA to Westbrook Public Schools for staff wellness
Needle Exchanges: 92 (67 outreach & 25 onsite)
Needles collected: 7,189
Needles distributed: 7,330*
Narcan kits (2 doses/kit) distributed: 52
* 7 new clients enrolled (70 syringes);  clients used credits from previous exchanges (71 syringes

Family Shelter 8 new GA families (24 people) presented for shelter
High census of 138 families (454 people) in hotels
High census of 28 families (78 people) sheltered

*We are extending families in the hotels while we have positive cases in the Family Shelter.
Oxford Street Shelter 256 people served overall
203 clients served nightly, on average

FY22 Housing Placements 46 single adults
23 families of 74 individuals
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About Us

The Health and Human Services Department consists of four unique divisions: Public Health Division, Social Services Divisionthe Barron Center, (A city-owned long-term care facility) Office of Elder Affairs.

We strive to enhance the health and well-being of the residents of Portland in collaboration with our community, state, and federal partners.