Medford, Ore. — “Veterans are the backbone of our nation,” Fred Herrmann said after he heard about Access wanting to build affordable housing for veterans. He told them about the property he owns on North Front Street in downtown Medford. Read more...
Congrats to everyone involved in producing this outstanding report on the housing needs in Tillamook County!
Established in October of 2015, the Tillamook County Housing Task Force has completed its first major project – a housing assessment, with grants from Meyer Memorial Trust, and contributions from local employers Tillamook County Creamery Association, Adventist Health, Charter Communications and Columbia Bank. The task force brings together stakeholders from all geographic areas, and economic sectors to participate in a process to create a long-term housing plan for Tillamook County and to look for short-term creative solutions to address the extreme housing crisis in Tillamook County. The task force efforts have been coordinated and facilitated by Erin Skaar, Executive Director of CARE, Melissa Carlson-Swanson, Branch Manager Oregon Food Bank Tillamook Services Center, and Commissioner Bill Baertlein.
The assessment includes demographic data, for example, the percentage of households paying more than 30% of income to rent or housing, and also surveys of employers, information from contractors and developers to assess the barriers and identify buildable lands. “The purpose of the housing assessment is to analyze the need and its causes,” explained Erin Skaar. “And to provide some recommendations for moving forward.”
Find out more and download the report at the CARE website.
Out of the 11,740 households in Central Oregon cities that make 60 percent or less of the area’s median income, 13 percent of them are in Prineville and 24 percent are in Redmond, according to a recent Housing Works analysis. And while that’s not as many as some of the other cities — 53 percent of those households are in Bend, for example — numbers from Central Oregon’s public housing authority show the amount of affordable housing units doesn’t adequately address the need in those two cities. Continue Reading...
As part of its continuing efforts to help end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of an additional 44 HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Vouchers to the Coos-Curry, Salem and Northwest Oregon housing authorities in Oregon.
Under the HUD VASH program, rental assistance is provided to homeless veterans referred by the VA in order to provide the veterans with permanent affordable housing. With today’s awards, HUD will be providing VASH vouchers to provide permanent housing to 1,916 homeless veterans in Oregon.
Today’s awards to the Oregon State Housing Authorities was part of a national announcement awarding 529 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers with a total annual value of $2.9 million to housing authorities, mostly serving rural communities, in 26 states. See full press release here
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $34,686,509 in Federal fiscal year 2016 funds to support 130 local projects to prevent and end homelessness in Oregon. The funding awards announced today are based on project and service priorities identified by seven local Continuums of Care in Oregon and provide critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state. The fiscal year 2016 funding awarded today will support the work of 130 projects. See full press release here
Oregon's Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County and the Warm Springs Housing Authority received awards through HUD's Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency - Service Coordinators Program (ROSS-SC). The ROSS program helps grantees hire or retain "service coordinators" who work directly with residents to assess their needs and connect them with education, job training and placement programs, and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency. See the full press release here
On December 1, 2016, the Urban League of Portland, in partnership with the Fair Shot for All and Oregon Health Equity Alliance, hosted "The Oregon Agenda for Racial, Gender & Economic Justice." There was a huge turnout as several guest speakers discussed the 2017 Legislative Agenda and their ongoing efforts to make Oregon more equitable for all. Cover all Kids, End Profiling, Paid Family Medical Leave, Reproductive Health Equity and Stable Homes for Oregon Families were just a few topics of discussion, along with a call for all Oregonians to get involved!
For information on how you can get involved you can text “justice” to 25827 for updates or follow Fair Shot for Oregon and Oregon Health Equity Alliance on Social Media - @FairShotOR and @orhealthequity. Read more...
Join the Fair Shot for All Coalition and the Oregon Health Equity Alliance as we come together to reaffirm our commitment to equity and economic justice after the 2016 election. Learn more about our 2017 legislative agenda and how you can be a part of the movement.
When: December 1st, 5:30-8:00pm
Where: Vancouver Ave First Baptist Church, 3138 N Vancouver Ave, Portland, OR 97227
In recent years, the housing and community development field has increasingly focused on racial equity and inclusion as part of its work. Crucial to this goal is developing effective messaging that increases public engagement in housing with a strong focus on racial equity. In this week’s Building Justice blog, Enterprise’s Tiffany Manuel shares evidence-based recommendations from her research on elevating the public discourse around housing issues. Dr. Manuel writes that, while an effective messaging strategy is not a panacea, it is critical for developing the buy-in that will drive better outcomes in this work. Building Justice is a 17-week blog series, presented by City Limits and Enterprise, exploring the intersection between race and housing and working to uncover how we can achieve just and equitable communities. (City Limits, November 7)
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