About HLC Meeting Notes Roster Point in Time Count 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness Continuum of Care Contact Info

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 Governance Charter

High Desert Home: Central Oregon Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness An Update to the Central Oregon 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, 2011

Voting Membership: If you are interested in becoming a voting member please review the Governance Charter and contact Co-Chair, Don Senecal (dons@bendbroadband.com) for more information.

The Homeless Leadership Coalition/Central Oregon Continuum of Care (CoC OR-503) is responsible for the following projects:

  • 2015 Continuum of Care Grant Competition effect: November 16, 2015
  • Point-in-Time Count: The HLC will make efforts through a working group to maintain the Point-in-Time count so long as the count continues to provide resources towards the mission of HLC.  The 2016 Point-in-time count will take place on January 28. Download the news release for more information.
  • Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness: The HLC and voting member working groups will work toward pursuing the goals within the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, and updating to reflect current best practices.
  • 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.
  1. FY 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability has been released - click for more information
  2. Project Applications are due to the Continuum of Care in ESnaps by October 20th, 2015 – click below for more information
    Renewal Applications
    New Applications
  3. CoC Project Application Review and Ranking (Applicants notified):
    HUD Grant Application Project Ranking 2015
    FY 2015 CoC Ranking Tool
  4. Download the Oregon Housing and Community Services Emergency Solutions Grant Operations Manual