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About the Homeless Leadership Coalition

Central Oregon has long recognized the need for a more coordinated and informed response to homelessness and people living in poverty.  Since the late 1990’s, The Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) has been tackling this challenging and often dynamic problem.

The HLC consists of more than 40 organizations and individuals from Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties.  They include the faith community, shelter providers, public schools, public health, emergency services, veterans outreach, public safety, mental health, housing services, public services private employers and others.  They represent a diverse group of interests, unified by a common focus.

Mission: The Homeless Leadership Coalition is a collaboration of community partners in Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties engaging the community through education, advocacy, planning, prioritization and accountability for services to persons experiencing homelessness. 

Click here to review the HLC bylaws

Voting Membership: Voting membership in the HLC shall consist of one individual representing each of the following categories (Exception: 5 representatives for “At-Large” category).  As of January 9, 2012, there are vacancies in four categories.   If you are interested in filling one of the vacant positions, please review the bylaws, and contact Kenny LaPoint or Racheal Baker for more information.

Permanent Housing (1)
Shelter (1)
Education (1)
Employment (1)
Youth (1)
Emergency Services (e.g. food, utility, one time rent)(1)
Legal (1)
Veterans (1)
Health (1)
Behavioral Health (1)
Transportation (1) VACANT
Faith-Based (1)
Business (1)
Elderly (1)
At-Large (5)

The Homeless Leadership Coalition is responsible for the following projects:

  • One Night Homeless Count: The HLC will make efforts through a working group to maintain a One Night Homeless Count, so long as the count continues to provide resources towards the mission of HLC. 
  • Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness: The HLC and voting member working groups will work toward maintaining and pursuing the goals within the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
  • Housing Work Group: Completing a housing inventory and gaps analysis for all types of housing in Central Oregon.
  • Drop-in Center Work Group: Investigating, advocating and planning for a homeless youth drop-in center in Bend.
  • Discharge Planning for Elderly and Disabled Work Group: Developing protections for appropriate discharge of elderly and mentally ill clients from the emergency room.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from partner agencies serving homeless persons
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) for 2014-15

Download the Oregon Housing and Community Services
Emergency Solutions Grant Operations Manual

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