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September 22, 2020

Dear HLC Members,

Each Central Oregon winter is a crisis for our neighbors experiencing homeless. Last year our shelter network served over 1000 individuals. This year, with pandemic restrictions in place, our shelter network will be forced to limit the number of people it can serve. Adding to the difficulties we face.
Bend is our largest city and its warming shelter is the cornerstone of our network. Without a Bend shelter, hundreds of individuals will face the possibility of injury, illness and even death when extreme weather arrives. And the impact will not only be felt in Bend but throughout Central Oregon, where already crowded shelters will be stressed beyond their capacity.


We are seeking a building able to accommodate 50 or more individuals with social distancing for overnight stays – and, if possible, daytime respite. Additional space for case management and social services, food preparation and distribution and the ability to separate men, women and families is preferred. One location would ease the staffing and administrative burden and costs but, if you have a smaller space, please let us know and we may be able to use it.


Each winter typically brings stories of deaths due to exposure. These are deaths of our neighbors and their loss is preventable if we, as a community, have the will.


A warming shelter is about much more than protection from the elements. Our warming shelters often provide the first point of contact between individuals experiencing homelessness and the service providers who can help them begin their journey to stable housing. Shelter isn’t just saving lives, it’s changing futures.

Please help us continue to spread the word. 

With appreciation, 
The Homeless Leadership Coalition 
Next HLC Meeting: Friday, October 2nd 8-9am
Held virtually on Zoom 

Tune in to hear updates on warming shelter and recent success of smoke relief shelter.

For more info, email
Thrive Central Oregon links individuals and families across Central Oregon to the affordable housing and community resources they seek. We connect individuals’ needs with community resources by providing one-on-one, hands-on case management. Our work bridges the gap to a variety of services like housing, healthcare, employment, benefits, basic needs assistance, and much more.

Thrive is looking to hire a full time Outreach Services Manager to provide direct service to community members seeking assistance, support to our amazing team, and coordination with our community partners.

Learn more about us and how to submit your resume by going to 

Local Food Agencies Seeking Guidance
The link below takes you to a short (17 questions) survey meant for the range of Central Oregon neighbors that includes those who regularly use services and those who've never used them before, yet may be close to the need to.

The Giving Plate, Mosaic Medical, Jericho Road of Redmond, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Inc (COVO), Shepherd's House Ministries, St. Vincent de Paul - Bend, Bethlehem Inn... Pass it on! Thank you.

Thank you to Becca Gilbert for presenting at our last HLC membership meeting. For more information about Measure 110 click on the image above.

Housing Oregon Annual Conference: October 13-20 

Housing Oregon’s ‘Industry Support Conference’ includes 40+ sessions focused on housing and homelessness in Oregon. This year is a series of virtual sessions and will include a discussion with Congressman Earl Blumenauer, along with five national plenary sessions with keynote speakers such as Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist. 

Conference tracks include sessions focused on:

Equity and Racial Justice, Homelessness, Permanent Supportive Housing, Homeownership, Rural Communities , Advocacy and Policy, Fiscal Management, Property and Asset Management, Resident Services, COVID-19 Pandemic and more

Registration for non-members is $75, but scholarships are available. To learn more visit: 
The City of Bend is beginning its allocation process for resources that benefit low-income residents. Available resources include the Affordable Housing Fund and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Before Requests for Proposals are released to apply for these funds, the City of Bend will host an informational meeting that describes each available resource and answers questions regarding system development charge exemptions, expedited permitting and other affordable housing development incentives. The informational meeting will take place virtually on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. The virtual meeting information is below.

Non-profit organizations intending to apply for CDBG funds must attend the scheduled informational meeting. Details regarding CDBG project requirements, timeliness requirements, and outcome reporting requirements will be reviewed in the last hour of the presentation. If a non-profit organization that intends to apply cannot participate in the scheduled informational meeting, please contact Racheal Baker, the Affordable Housing Coordinator, at

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) will be issued on Friday, October 2nd. A question and answer session regarding the RFPs will be available virtually on Thursday, October 22nd at 3:00 p.m. This virtual meeting information will be provided at the informational meeting. The Requests for Proposals will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2nd. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will deliberate the allocations of funding available at their public meetings from December to February. Funding recommendations will be made to City Council in February and April of 2021. A detailed description of the Affordable Housing Program Funding Schedule is attached.

If you have questions about the allocation informational meetings or the allocation process, please contact me at (541) 312-4915 or

The Oregon Housing Conference is an interdisciplinary educational gathering – online for the first time in 2020 – of experts and advocates discussing issues about housing important to people in recovery from mental illness and addiction.

December 1-2. 2020

The Conference in 2020 will include four municipal case studies on COVID 19 and Homelessness within the Ninth Circuit Court. Municipalities to be studied are Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Portland. Each city is within the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling Martin v. Boise.

To learn more and register, visit: 

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