C.O. Homeless Leadership Coalition awarded Tier II HUD Funding For Rapid Rehousing in Central Oregon
Central Oregon nonprofits will be awarded more than $569,000 in 2016 in order to help address homelessness in our region. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the list of Continuum of Care awards which included Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) agencies NeighborImpact and Families Forward.
NeighborImpact Administered Awards
Rapid Rehousing Program $468,832
Central Oregon Planning Grant $16,330
Homeless Management Information Systems $53,000
Welcome Home Grant $14,004
Families Forward (Housing Works) Administered Award
Health Through Housing $17,669
NeighborImpact’s Rapid Rehousing program is utilized to house homeless families with children throughout the region. At any time, this project will serve up to 39 homeless families from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. To be eligible, applicants must be homeless, by the federal definition, meet income requirements, and have children under the age of 18 in the household or be referred by the State of Oregon Department of Human Services – Child Welfare Department.
The Central Oregon Planning Grant will support the Homeless Leadership Coalition. The HLC is a collaboration of community partners in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties engaging the community through education, advocacy, planning, prioritization and accountability for services to persons experiencing homelessness. They are the governing body for the Central Oregon Continuum of Care.
The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is used for data collection throughout Central Oregon to monitor program participation, coordinated entry/assessment processing, reporting, as well as in grant writing and planning purposes. HMIS is an integral part of the Continuum of Care service delivery and data collected helps inform the Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition in order to establish goals and outcomes for the Coalition and member agencies.
The Welcome Home funding will house chronically homeless veteran households with children. While housing is the first priority, this project also focuses on connecting families with any and all mainstream resources in which they qualify.Health Through Housing will help qualified participants establish stable housing as the first step in building a foundation for better health. Health Through Housing will provide case management services through agencies such as Deschutes County Behavioral Health and HUD funding will be used for direct costs of housing.
“We are excited to work with the Homeless Leadership Coalition to help remedy the issue of
homelessness in Central Oregon,” said Lynne McConnell, NeighborImpact’s Deputy Director for Housing and Assets. “We have a strong partnership with the HLC and work closely with the member agencies. I believe that we were fully funded in Tier II by HUD due to these collaborative efforts, combined with the dramatic need for homelessness services in Central Oregon.”
As the Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition moves to a more robust and action oriented collaborative, HLC Co-Chair and Community Liaison for Central Oregon Veterans Outreach (COVO), Cody Standiford says, “It is exciting to see funding at this level. It is a healthy amount and will help to move families from homelessness to being stably housed.” For COVO and other organizations involved in the HLC, the Tier II funding brings a small sigh of relief. Sandiford continues, “This funding will be put to maximum use to house as many people as possible. We have a solid effort happening here in Central Oregon and this will allow us to help put people into homes and back on track.” Although exact dates when funding will be received have not been announced, McConnell says that funding should be available for distribution in late summer 2016.
“We do not have a specific date in which the funding will be available, but most likely in mid to late August,” she says. “I encourage people to check our website for updates and to call 211 for eligibility information.” About the Homeless Leadership Coalition: The Homeless Leadership Coalition is a collaboration of community partners in Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties engaging the community through education, advocacy, planning, prioritization and accountability for services to persons experiencing homelessness. The HLC consists of more than 40 organizations and individuals from Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties and represent a diverse group of interests, unified by a common focus.