News & Noteworthy


Federal court says cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on streets.” OPB, September 4, 2018.

Men’s Shelter news, May-August, 2018:

Foes cut deal on shelter site.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, August 16, 2018.

Shelter foes hire legal help.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, August 7, 2018.

Corvallis council won’t reconsider shelter decision.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, August 6, 2018.

Drop-in center about to open on Second St.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 31, 2018.

New effort arises to possibly block shelter.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 25, 2018.

Homeless advocate pickets Mater.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 20, 2018.

Mater vows legal action in shelter fight.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 18, 2018.

County funds men’s shelter.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 17, 2018.

Council supports Second St. shelter site.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 16, 2018.

Another proposal for men’s shelter.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 13, 2018.

Board books Sunset Building for shelter decision.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 12, 2018.

County weighs shelter options.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 10, 2018.

Benton County to consider shelter proposals.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 6, 2018.

Carone makes late pitch in shelter campaign.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 3, 2018.

Council continues homeless debate.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 2, 2018.

Corvallis City Council to review shelter sites at Monday meeting.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 29, 2018.

Schuster pitches northside shelter.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 26, 2018.

County to reconsider shelter funding.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 26, 2018.

Panel discussion Tuesday on Corvallis homeless shelter.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 25, 2018.

Linn County blasts shelter option: Commissioner rips into plan for Flowmatcher site.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 22, 2018.

New plan offered for shelter.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 21, 2018.

Linn commissioners: No to Benton County shelter idea.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 20, 2018.

County says meeting followed law.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 19, 2018.

Shelter supporters react to defunding.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 19, 2018.

County pulls shelter funding.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 18, 2018.

Shelter debate keeps rolling: Schuster posts, co-op experiences add to controversy.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, June 15, 2018.

More options for shelter discussed.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, May 25, 2018.

Meeting held to discuss new shelter plan.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, May 10, 2018.

Solution found for shelter, related agencies.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, May 7, 2018.

Editorial: A breakthrough for homeless in Corvallis.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, May 7, 2018.

Seattle U Prof: City can’t solve homelessness without courage: Students’ new research highlights ideas, best practices to address crisis.”  Crosscut online magazine, May 7, 2018.

The above article references a collection of research briefs developed by Seattle University School of Law.  Please see this link for direct access to those briefs.

Collaboration aims to help homeless: Police Department, advocates work to identify resources.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, April 21, 2018.

County honors public health advocates and partners at annual awards event.”  Benton County website, April 11, 2018.

Forum looks at fair housing, homelessness.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, April 11, 2018

Editorial: Once again, homeless shelter seeks a new home.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, April 5, 2018.

Men’s Cold Weather Shelter closes for season.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, April 3, 2018.

C.A.R.E., the Corvallis Area Resource Event, is planned for March 6, 2018, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.  See these links for English and Spanish language flyers.
– “Corvallis police host resource fair for homeless and low-income residents.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, March 6, 2018.
-“Roses and Raspberries for Friday, March 9.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, March 9, 2018.

HOAC Update to Corvallis City Council, February 20, 2018.  (Similar materials submitted to Benton County Board of Commissioners).
– A link to the materials submitted for the Council packet, as well as audio and video.
Text of comments from presentation.
Slides of presentation, including background slides not presented.

Corvallis School Board discusses housing homeless families.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, January 20, 2018.

Local housing non-profit announces merger.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, November 27, 2017.

Men’s cold weather shelter seeks volunteers.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, November 6, 2017.

See related:
Editorial: Search for new shelter begins now.” November 7, 2017.
Men’s cold weather shelter opens Saturday night.”  November 3, 2017.
Emergency family shelter opens at COI.”  November 2, 2017.
Open house at the men’s shelter.”  October 30, 2017.

Putting a face to homelessness: Local architect sets up Facebook page of stories, photos.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, November 2, 2017.

My brother was homeless for 25 years.  He just got an apartment.  Now what?”  The Guardian, October 30, 2017.  (Article highlights a story in Corvallis)

Renovation begins at men’s cold weather shelter with help from OSU students.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, September 23, 2017.

Video: “Students help renovate cold weather shelter.” Mid-Valley Media Group, September 23, 2017.

Plan solidified for 2017-2018 men’s cold weather shelter.”  HOAC Press release, August 15, 2017.

With No Plan for Emergency Shelter, Deadline Approaches.” The Corvallis Advocate, June 21, 2017.

2-bedroom apartment out of reach for most Oregon renters.”  The Oregonian / OregonLive, June 8, 2017.

Tacoma’s doing something different on homelessness.”, June 7, 2017.

Oregon House Votes to Increase Stability for Manufactured Home Park Residents.” Oregon Legislature Press Release, May 3, 2017.

Tiny Home news:
– “Thinking small: How tiny homes are being used to address housing affordability, supply concerns.” Construction Dive website, April 25, 2017.
– Oregon House Bill 2737, providing standards for Tiny Home buildings moves to Senate.  Bill details here.

Three items of note from the US Interagency Council on Homelessness:
– “Integrating Rapid Re-Housing Programs and Policy with Employment is Essential to Ending Family Homelessness.” USICH Website, April 17, 2017.
– “Houston Pilots Coordinated Entry for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.” USICH Website, April 14, 2017.
– “Coordinating Your Way Home in Houston.” USICH Website, April 19, 2017.

Committee releases Corvallis, Benton County homeless count report.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, April 6, 2017.

Women’s shelter case manager provides stability, hope for homeless.”  Corvallis Gazette-Times, March 31, 2017.

Housing Vacancy in Northwest Oregon.”  State of Oregon Employment Department, March 30, 2017.

City committee considering several options to address homeless camping.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, March 30, 2017.

Landlord group hears different story.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, March 28, 2017.

Affordable housing ideas for churches, libraries, schools and backyards.”  The Oregonian/OregonLive, March 22, 2017.

The League of Women Voters of Corvallis Housing Committee has released “Homelessness in Corvallis: Exploring the Numbers, Evaluating the Beliefs.”  March, 2017.

Homeownership vouchers give Ben Carson a way to fight poverty without increasing government spending.”  The Urban Institute, March 2, 2017.

Doctors could prescribe houses to the homeless under radical Hawaii bill.”  The Guardian, February 28, 2017.
– For more info, listen to “Prescribing New Solutions to Homelessness” from WBUR Boston’s show On Point, March 9, 2017.

How America counts its homeless — and why so many are overlooked.”  The Guardian, February 16, 2017.

Missed the Cold Weather Shelter Public Forum on February 7th?  Check out Shawn Collins’ slides on Housing and Homelessness in Benton County here, and Brad Smith’s latest updates on the Men’s and Women’s shelter operations here.

A chilly final season: Questions loom over future of cold weather shelter.” Corvallis Gazette-Times, Jan. 22, 2017.

Missed the Cold Weather Shelter Public Forum on January 19th?  Check out Brad Smith’s updates on the Men’s and Women’s shelter operations here.

Affordable housing program scores top marks from HUD.” City of Corvallis News Release, Dec. 9, 2016.  “The Corvallis HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which is administered locally by the City’s Community Development Department, was ranked first in Oregon across all performance categories in the program’s most recent quarterly report. The Corvallis program outperformed similar efforts in Eugene, Salem, Portland, Washington County and Clackamas County.”  Follow link for full release.

Oregon Families Squeezed by Stagnant Wages and Rising Costs.” The Lund Report, Nov. 22, 2016.
Note: Children First for Oregon’s “Status of Oregon’s Children and Families 2016 County Data Bookis referenced in this article.  Benton County data is listed on page 31 of the report.

Most of Oregon’s homeless families live on the street, in cars, parks: Highest percentage in U.S., says HUD report.” The Oregonian, Nov. 23, 2016.
Note: The “2016 AHAR: Part 1 – PIT Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S.” report on which this article is based is available at the HUD Exchange.

Record 21,300 Oregon students are homeless, state says.” The Oregonian, Nov. 22, 2016.

Homeless student numbers on the rise.”  Keizer Times, Nov. 2, 2016.
Additional news on youth homelessness:

Bend agency to fight youth homelessness.” The Bulletin (Bend), Nov. 6, 2016.
Note: Jackson Street Youth Services in Corvallis has similar funding and programs in Linn and Benton Counties.  For additional information, or if you know a youth in need of these services, please contact Jackson Street Youth Services at 541-286-4580, or call the 24 Hour Hotline at 800-901-2904.

Homeless project manager starts work.” Corvallis Gazette Times, Nov. 3, 2016.
Benton County, Oregon. (2016) News Release: Full-time administrator hired to manage 10-year plan to address homelessness [Press Release].

Corvallis approves shelter.” Corvallis Gazette Times, Sept. 20, 2016.

Corvallis Housing First to run winter shelter.” Corvallis Gazette Times, Sept. 15, 2016.

Council reviews housing recommendations.” Corvallis Gazette Times, Sept. 7, 2016.


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