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)
As you know, Home Matters launched its Open the Door Campaign this summer with three videos to build awareness about home's impact on larger social issues. The campaign will spark a conversation about the lack of safe homes and livable communities and how it affects our health, education, financial and personal success - nationally and locally. In addition, the campaign helps connect people who want to donate, volunteer or are in need, to more than 350 Home Matters supporting organizations across America.
Daily Astorian | Lyra Fontaine
The Cannon Beach City Council has adopted the city’s first strategic plan, though some residents called for the council to wait another month to allow for more community input.
“I am very proud of the council and staff and the amount of dedication and work they put into this,” City Manager Brant Kucera said after last Tuesday’s vote. “It’s the foundation we’re going to need to move forward as a community. There is no good reason to delay this.”
The plan, a five-year roadmap for the city that will be revisited every two years, is a way to “align our human resources with our budgetary resources to ensure that these priorities get done,” he said.
The city’s top focus is affordable housing, with goals that include adding 25 units by 2018. Officials also prioritized infrastructure planning and maintenance, emergency management, relationship with the community and effective government.
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Check out this project The Seattle Times put together called "Under Our Skin", a discussion on how multi-layered and complex race is, and how a newsroom can do better navigating the terrain.
"Discussions about race, inclusiveness and sensitivity clearly aren’t new. They can leave us feeling depleted and wondering whether anything has really changed. But we believe the personal reflections and stories from the people who participated in this project will inspire all of us to think and talk about these issues in a deeper way. For those who freeze up at the prospect of talking about race, we hope this project will help break the ice. For those who tend to take sides right away when the issue of race comes up, we hope Under Our Skin will challenge assumptions and build common ground"
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