Oregon Housing and Community Services provided over $1.7 million to organizations across the state that provide shelter to those without homes. To help ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of Oregonians experiencing homelessness, these investments will strengthen winter shelters by securing facilities to operate shelter, increasing the number of shelter beds, expanding operating hours, providing extended outreach, funding shelter staff, and purchasing bedding, mats, and blankets.
Among the awards, Helping Hands, representing Clatsop, Tillamook, Yamhill, and Lincoln Counties, received $85,000.
These funds are from a one-time allocation of $5 million made to Oregon and Housing Community Services during the 2019 Legislative Session to address statewide winter shelter capacity. OHCS will release the remainder of these funds through a competitive process in 2020, using the recently released Statewide Shelter Study to prioritize investments.