News & Noteworthy


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.


Benton County’s 2040 Thriving Communities Initiative
Benton County is engaging in a strategic planning process and would like the community’s input. If you or your constituents would like to set up a discussion about what you would like our county to look like now and in the future, please email Sean McGuire at