Vera’s Purse

Introducing: Vera’s Purse—Friendly House’s direct response to Portland’s growing homeless problem.

Named in honor of our beloved former mayor, Vera Katz, Vera’s Purse was created by a visionary group of women who want to help low-income, older women to escape and avoid homelessness.

A long history of unequal pay, interrupted work history for child rearing and parent care, discriminatory hiring practices, and inadequate income for savings results in women having fewer resources in retirement. Additionally, accessing and paying for health care—a problem for many older adults—becomes more problematic for women as they age. Numerous studies show that older women have greater health care needs and have higher out-of-pocket health care expenses than older men. The lack of affordable housing paired with an increase in the cost of living finds aging women to be one of the fastest growing homeless populations in our fair city.

This fund may be used by Friendly House Senior Program and SAGE Metro Portland clients for short-term emergency rental assistance, application fees, and other eviction prevention and homeless intervention supports. Vera’s Purse provides Friendly House staff with yet another tool to help the vulnerable among us to live safely, with dignity and security.

Friendly House is honored by the inaugural donors who chose us to steward this fund—and we encourage you to join them by supporting Vera’s Purse. All donations to Vera’s Purse go directly to client assistance.

To make a contribution online: click here

To make a contribution by mail, make checks payable to Friendly House with Vera’s Purse in the memo field.  Mail to:

Friendly House

Attn: Development

2617 NW Savier St.  

Portland, OR 97210

If you would like more information about contributing to Vera’s Purse, please email us at or call (503) 935-5287.


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