What We Know

The League of Women Voters of Corvallis and the Benton County Epidemiology and Assessment program collaborated in developing a comprehensive data snap shot of housing affordability and homelessness in Benton County. This data will be used to inform the mid-point update to the Ten Year Plan to Address Homelessness (2009-2019) and identify and implement priority strategies. 

Here is what we know about homelessness and affordable housing issues in Benton County:

Homelessness in Corvallis: Exploring the Numbers, Evaluating the Beliefs – This report was developed by the League of Women Voters of Corvallis, and released in March, 2017.   

Housing in Benton County Presentation, February 22, 2017This presentation is community level data gathered by Benton County Epidemiology team is a preview of the data snapshot report that will be released Winter 2016-2017.

Housing in Corvallis and Benton County Presentation, November 28, 2016
This presentation by the League of Women Voters is a preview of the data snapshot report that will be released Winter 2016-2017.

Oregon Point-in-Time Count of People Experiencing Homelessness, January 2015 – Each year, during the last week of January, there is a nationwide effort to count every person experiencing homelessness across the country. This Point-in-Time count attempts to capture both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people to provide a snapshot of homelessness in the United States. In 2015, volunteers across Oregon conducted a street count of people considered to be unsheltered, meaning they are living outside, and data was collected on the homeless population living in emergency shelters and transitional housing throughout the state.

Student Homelessness Data, Oregon Department of Education, 2015-2016 Each year, the Oregon Department of Education releases data on the number of K-12 homeless students in Oregon schools. In Benton County, 290 K-12 students experienced homelessness at some point during the 2015-16 school year. New data shows that counts of homeless students continue to rise, despite Oregon’s improving economy. A lack of affordable housing throughout the state is considered the chief cause.

Statement of Position Regarding the Importance of Shelter Services for People Who Are Experiencing Homelessness, August 2016 
For several years, our community has been debating how to best respond to the challenge of homelessness, especially the provision of shelter services to the chronically homeless. More recently, the Housing  Opportunities Action Council (HOAC) was formed to plan for and support services that address those experiencing homelessness in an effective and coordinated way. Given this role, the HOAC believes that it is important to issue this statement on the role of shelter services in addressing this critical issue.

Affordable, Healthy Housing for All Survey Results (SWOT), February 2016  – The HOAC’s Governing Board is working to align new planning and funding opportunities to improve access to affordable, healthy housing for everyone in Benton County. The answers to the four-question survey will help identify and implement priority projects.
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