These organizaions I'm talking about that are ran entirely by donations are supposedly meant to serve the homeless, yet only one of them will so much as offer you so much as a chance at getting a mat to sleep on at night? It's well known that Portland has resources for the homeless such as food etc., honestly you may as well laugh in the face of anyone downtown holding a "I'm hungry" sign- go to the TPI building across from the greyhound and ask for a little green book that is ½ inch thick listing all the resources for the homeless in p-town.
Yet this is the only town in the northwest where you cannot get a place to sleep at night let alone store your bag to go do something productive. This is what happens when you give blindly people. Write a letter, make a call, or talk to someone in person at the organization your donating to. It wouldn't hurt to roll up your sleeves and go stand in line with the people your donating to either; you'll never know what does and does not need to get done and weather its getting done until you go there and see for yourself.
Now the only place that even gives you a shot at a mat for the night (lottery at rescue mission) is shutting that down for the season- why?? Rescue mission seems to put to better use what they have to work with than others but still if the space is there it does not cost any extra to throw out some mats and let people use it!
Or do nothing Portland, and instead keep giving to people with signs who are lying to you about being hungry and letting your donations to organizations be misused. there is a whole other group of much less intrusive and more functioning normal people in the homeless community that would never ask you for money and who actually take advantage of the resources out there, and they'd like to stay warm at night and maybe have a nights worth of sleep and a place to put their bag so that they may go to work in the morning.