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Statewide Housing Plan draft released; OHCS seeks public comment - 11/15/18

SALEM, OR – Today Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) released the draft Breaking New Ground: the OHCS Statewide Housing Plan, a five-year look at the agency’s priorities, goals, and strategies in ensuring a stable and affordable housing landscape. Drafted after combining robust statewide outreach and partner input sessions with quantitative data analysis, the document reflects what is needed to address the housing and service needs of both rural and urban communities across Oregon. OHCS will seek feedback over the course of the next month to clarify strategies and strengthen the Plan.

Director Margaret Salazar will be releasing a video interview later this month, ahead of five public meetings to introduce the draft plan and seek feedback on the strategies. The five meeting dates and locations are listed below.

  • La Grande – November 29th 1 PM – 3 PM at Cook Memorial Library
  • Eugene – December 10th 10 AM -12 PM at a location to be determined
  • Redmond – December 11th 12 PM – 1 PM at Redmond City Hall
    • Part of the Housing For All meeting
  • Forest Grove – December 11th 1 PM – 3 PM at Forest Grove City Hall
  • Newport – December 13th 1 PM – 3 PM at Oregon Coast Community College

Additional details about the Statewide Housing Plan, including details about 2017 outreach and county profiles, are available online.

State to announce 10 communities selected for Operation Welcome Home - 11/14/18


November 14, 2018



Ariel Nelson                                       

Government Relations and Communications Liaison

Oregon Housing and Community Services

503-949-0201, iel.Nelson@oregon.gov">Ariel.Nelson@oregon.gov    


State to announce 10 communities selected for Operation Welcome Home

Operation Welcome Home Launch will take place November 15th at 2 PM at Seavey Meadows in Corvallis.

SALEM, OR – Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) will formally announce ten communities selected to participate in Operation Welcome Home tomorrow at 2 PM. OHCS, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA), will support communities by providing technical assistance in their initiative to end veterans’ homelessness. The selected communities will gather for the Operation Welcome Home Launch at Seavey Meadows (1099 NE Sorrel Place Corvallis, OR 97330), a veterans’ affordable housing community funded with state resources.

“It’s unacceptable that any veteran would experience homelessness,” said OHCS Director Margaret Salazar, “but we know that veterans are more likely to face these challenges. Operation Welcome Home centers the goal of ending veterans’ homelessness and uses national best practices and clear goalposts to advance that goal. The ten communities selected demonstrate a desire and ability to address veterans’ homelessness, and we are proud to support them in this effort.”

Operation Welcome Home is a campaign to address veterans experiencing homelessness that will run from November 2018 to May 2019. This initiative is supported through Measure 96 lottery funds allocated by the 2017 Legislature, and represents the first stage in supporting local communities as they work to end veteran homelessness. Throughout the course of this campaign, OHCS and ODVA will provide communities the support needed to house 500 veterans across Oregon. This investment will not only support local community efforts, but it will create a lasting infrastructure to make an impact well into the future.

“Veterans and their families deserve stable housing,” said ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick. “This technical assistance will help communities create a by-name list of veterans experiencing homelessness that will allow multiple services providers to coordinate and leverage resources to help each veteran experiencing homelessness. This approach ensures we are looking at the person experiencing homelessness rather than another statistic.”

The selected communities are listed below. Additional details about Operation Welcome Home available online.

  • NeighborImpact and Central Oregon Veterans Outreach: Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agencies: Marion and Polk Counties
  • ACCESS: Jackson County
  • Yamhill Community Action Partnership: Yamhill County
  • Oregon Coast Community Action: Coos and Curry Counties
  • United Community Action Network: Douglas and Josephine Counties
  • Community Action Partnership of Oregon: Baker, Grant, Harney, Hood River,
  • Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Sherman, Union and Wasco Counties
  • Community Services Consortium: Benton, Lincoln and Linn Counties
  • Clackamas County Social Services: Clackamas County
  • Lane County Human Services Commission: Lane County


Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting - November 2, 2018 - 10/26/18


Oregon Housing and Community Services, Room 124 A&B

725 Summer St NE, Salem OR 97301


1-877-273-4202; Participant Code: 4978330


9:00        Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call

9:05        Public Comment

9:15        Meeting Minutes for Review - October 5, 2018

9:20        Housing Stabilization Update - Claire Seguin, Assistant Director, Housing Stabilization

                - Governors Proclamation, Weatherization Day – James LaBar

- Weatherization Month Presentation –Keith Kueny; Energy Policy Coordinator CAPO, Rogelio Cortes; Weatherization Program Director, Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action, Randy Olsen; Energy Conservation Program Manager, Washington Co. Community Action.

- Energy Efficiency Executive Order – Dan Elliott, Senior Policy Analyst, OHCS, Ruchi Sadhir, Associate Director, Strategic Engagement & Development, Oregon Department of Energy, Blake Shelide, Facilities engineer, Oregon Department of Energy, Alex Buylova, Research Analyst, OHCS, Mitch Hannoosh, Research Analyst, OHCS, Shelley Beaulieu, Senior Program Manager, Consultant, TRC Energy Services

- Budget Note Subcommittee Update – Jimmy Jones, Interim Director, Mid-Willamette Valley CAA

10:40     Break

10:55     Statewide Housing Plan – Revised Draft - Lorelei Juntenan, EcoNorthwest

11:30     Housing Finance Update - Julie Cody, Assistant Director, Housing Finance

  • Multifamily Funding Decisions, Heather Pate, Multifamily Section Manager

Conduit Bond: Magnolia 2, Brad Lawrence, Loan Officer

Conduit Bond: Two Rivers, Joanne Sheehy, Loan Officer

  • Oregon Bond Residential Loan Approvals & Quarterly Report, Kim Freeman, Single Family Section Manager, Megan Bolton, Senior Research Analyst
  • LIFT Framework Decisions, Amy Cole, LIFT Program Manager
  • Manufactured Park Preservation NOFA Criteria, Ed Brown, Program Manager and Natasha DetweilerDaby, Senior Housing Finance Policy Analyst

12:30     Report of the Director

12:50     Report of the Chair

1:00        Meeting Adjourned

Meeting materials can be found here: https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/OSHC/Pages/index.aspx