Category Archives: Housing & Community Services Dept.

Downtown Eugene housing and retail project pitched by ex-mayor Brian Obie delayed

The biggest mixed-use commercial-residential project proposed for downtown Eugene in decades has been delayed. The multi-component undertaking — one portion to be developed by Eugene businessman Brian Obie and the other by Lane County government’s Housing and Community Services Agency — was set for a groundbreaking late this year or early next. Source: Downtown Eugene […]
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Affordable housing, homelessness issues prevalent in Malheur County

Having affordable housing, having access to housing and homelessness were some of the issues brought up during a Statewide Housing Plan outreach meeting in Ontario Wednesday. Conducting the meeting were Kim Travis and Kenny LaPoint, with Oregon Housing and Community Services, who are holding similar sessions across state. Source: Affordable housing, homelessness issues prevalent in […]
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$10K in state lottery money to help local homeless veterans

Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCA) has been notified that it will get $10,743 in state lottery money to help Curry and Coos county’s homeless veterans. The money represents 3.7 percent of the $350,000 recently released by the state Housing and Community Services (OHCS) department. Source: $10K in state lottery money to help local homeless veterans;

Editorial: Progress in the fight against homelessness

The state last week released its biannual count of Oregon’s homeless, and although the numbers are interesting, they come with a batch of caveats that are worth keeping in mind. Overall, the numbers released by Oregon Housing and Community Services, a state government agency, suggest that homelessness in the state increased 6 percent between January […]
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Counting the homeless a tricky business

The latest homeless count from the state shows that homelessness is up in Benton County and down in Linn County. And, as testimony to the complication of attaching numbers to this issue, officials in both counties are convinced that the numbers don’t tell the true story. Source: Counting the homeless a tricky business | Homeless […]
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Counting the homeless a tricky business

The latest homeless count from the state shows that homelessness is up in Benton County and down in Linn County. And, as testimony to the complication of attaching numbers to this issue, officials in both counties are convinced that the numbers don’t tell the true story. Source: Counting the homeless a tricky business | Homeless […]
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Our view: We need to keep our focus on the homeless – Editorials

Every day is a struggle when a person doesn’t know where he or she will be spending the night Homelessness takes many forms and Clatsop County has them all — folks sleeping rough in the outdoors, others basing their lives out of motor vehicles, and many more who must rely on the kindness of family […]
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State homeless count results don’t reflect reality

Local services and shelters baffled by numbers. There are only 367 homeless individuals in Coos County according to the Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS). However, none of the local services agree with the point in time count results, instead showing skepticism that the decreased numbers don’t reflect reality. Source: State homeless count results don’t […]
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Help For Low-Income Oregonians Who Lose Homes To Wildfires

Low-income Oregonians who’ve had their home destroyed by wildfires might be able to get financial help. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. Oregon Housing and Community Services says up to $7,000 in assistance can be provided to homeowners, if they qualify.  Ariel Nelson is the agency’s spokeswoman.  She shares one of the primary criteria: Source: Help For Low-Income […]
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Homeless during a boom | Opinion |

High growth rate, low wages equal housing crisis On Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown welcomed the latest state revenue forecast as evidence that Oregon’s economy “continues to be one of the strongest in the country.” The day before, the state’s Housing and Community Services Department released the results of a survey showing that the number of […]
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