Oregon Housing and Community Solutions: Homelessness Prevention From their website, the Mission Statement includes: “We provide stable and affordable housing and engage leaders, to develop an integrated statewide policy that addresses poverty and provides opportunity for Oregonians.” And in the “What We Do:” “Oregon Housing and Community Services is Oregon’s housing finance agency, providing financial…

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness From their website, the About Us includes: The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is the only federal agency with a sole mission focused on preventing and ending homelessness in America. The council consists of 19 federal agencies that help create and catalyze implementation of the Federal Strategic Plan…

National Alliance to End Homelessness This is a great resource! From their website, their Mission Statement includes: The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in the United States. We use research and data to find solutions to homelessness; we work with federal and local…

City of Gresham’s 2021 Council Work Plan – Housing & Houselessness Project The project background statement includes “Everyone deserves a secure and reliable place to call home. To address houselessness, the City will continue to explore new strategies, funding and partnerships. With support from the Joint Office of Homeless Services, Gresham’s Homeless Services team connects…

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How Communities are Building Systems to Reduce and End Homelessness From the National League of Cities (article by Community Solutions): Our work has always been dedicated to ending homelessness. But the complex nature of homelessness has challenged our notions of what it takes to solve it, over and over again. In 2014, our organization Community…

Group Housing Nelle Moffett’s succinct insight was “… I realized that the solution to homelessness is housing.” Unfortunately, Over the 2010-2016 time period, Oregon created only 63 new housing units for every 100 households that formed during the time period, increasing competition for housing.1 So the problem of the lack of affordable housing is getting…

Square One Villages, Eugene Dan Bryant from Square One Villages in Eugene, Oregon presented their progress on tiny houses. The first video is from his presentation at the First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. The second video is his talk at the Homelessness Solutions Task (HOST) force the following morning, Thursday, July…

The Systems Approach Most communities have many groups working in the general area of homelessness. Here in Clatsop County we have Clatsop Community Action, the Harbor, Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare, Filling Empty Bellies, the Astoria Warming Center, Helping Hands, the Astoria Rescue Mission, the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority, and Riverfolk. There are others. What’s missing is…

Two bills curbing camping regulation clear Oregon Legislature – June 9, 2021 The bills require local governments to give more notice before clearing encampments and set limits on anti-camping policies. Local governments throughout Oregon will be required to give at least three days’ notice before clearing homeless camps, under a bill headed to Gov. Kate…