Corvallis And Benton County Partner To Help Homeless

From The Corvallis Advocate:

There’s a new pilot program in town, the goal being to better coordinate help for our local homeless population. The participants include the City of Corvallis, Benton County and the Community Services Consortium (CSC).  

The pilot program is sponsored by Oregon State House Bill 4123, which aims to support a coordinated response to homelessness. Part of HB 4123 requires staff from the newly formed Benton County Coordinated Homelessness Response Office to prepare a five-year strategic plan to be finalized this summer.  

Key elements of the strategic plan include: 

  • Sustainable funding for ongoing operations of the coordinated homelessness response system 
  • Increasing or streamlining resources and services to people at risk of or experiencing homelessness 
  • Incorporating national best practices for ending homelessness 
  • Eliminating racial disparities within the service area 
  • Creating pathways to permanent and supportive housing that is affordable to local populations experiencing or at risk of homelessness. 

“Benton County is committed to using resources effectively to directly address homelessness. In addition to the City of Corvallis and Community Services Consortium, we are grateful for community members and partners who have joined with us in this vitally important work,” said Benton County Commissioner Nancy Wyse.  

Read the full article here.

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