The only homeless shelter in Wasco County reveals housing crisis also reaches rural Oregon

Dec. 23, 2022

Kathryn Perkins never imagined she would experience homelessness.

“I was always a working member of society. And then all of a sudden I’m not, and you know, I’ve had some bad times,” she said.

For the past six months, Perkins has been staying in a 64-square-foot tiny home which she shares with a roommate and her dog, Monster.

The tiny home is one of 18 identical units overlooking the Columbia River nestled together inside a fenced-off area in The Dalles, roughly a mile from the port in an industrial section of town. Thirty adults, including Perkins, are currently staying at the site which serves as the only homeless shelter in all of Wasco County.