The Causes, Effects, and Solutions of Homelessness

November 5th, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

The Sentinel
614 SW 11th Ave, 2nd Floor
Portland, OR

PHFS Executive Director Brandi Tuck will explore the causes of homelessness, what happens to someone when they experience homelessness, and what we can do as a community to end homelessness.
Brandi Tuck is the founding Executive Director of Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS), whose mission is to empower homeless families with children to get back into housing and stay there. In 2005, Brandi graduated from the University of Florida where she earned degrees in both Political Science and Philosophy and had a minor in Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits. Right after college, Brandi moved to Portland where she worked at the Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force from 2005-2007, focusing on public policy and outreach for federal nutrition programs. Starting in 2007, Brandi has led PHFS’ efforts to expand and improve their services, and to drastically increase their impact in the community – increasing from a budget of $78,000 and serving 125 kids and parents in 2007 to a budget of over $3mil and helping over 1,100 kids and parents end their homelessness in 2019. Under Brandi’s leadership, PHFS has been recognized by the Oregon Business Journal as one of Oregon’s Top 100 Nonprofits to Work For every year since 2011, earning third place in both 2017 and 2018. With over 15 years working with people experiencing homelessness, Brandi has become passionate about trauma informed care – the idea that we can help people better if we understand what’s going on in the brain when someone experiences something as stressful as homelessness. PHFS is proud to open the first shelter in Oregon designed using trauma informed design and architecture, which is proven to have better outcomes for shelters. In her spare time, Brandi loves hiking in the Pacific Northwest, reading books with her all-women’s book club that’s been together for over a decade, and going to live music shows with her friends.