July 15, 2022
Welcome to HOPE News & Updates
Benton County and the City of Corvallis, along with our network of local housing and homeless services providers, continue to work together towards implementation of HOPE recommendations and supporting a coordinated homelessness response system. One of the HOPE Recommendations includes communicating regular updates to the community. We will use this email list to share news, updates and progress with you as information becomes available.
Benton County and City of Corvallis awarded $1 million for Coordinated Homelessness Response
Benton County and the City of Corvallis have been jointly awarded $1 million through House Bill 4123 to support a coordinated response to homelessness.

Benton County and the City of Corvallis, along with housing and homeless service providers, have been working together since prior to HB 4123 to lay the groundwork for coordinated homeless response. The two agencies are already meeting many of the requirements set out in the legislation and intentionally pursued the pilot funding to support and grow existing homelessness response operations.

HOPE Advisory Board Policy Recommendations
Benton County and the City of Corvallis formed the HOPE Advisory board to provide policy recommendations for a coordinated homelessness response system.

The board conducted a gap analysis of available services in Benton County, researched successful models for transitioning people out of homelessness, and engaged the community in public feedback to form policy recommendations, accepted by Benton County and the City of Corvallis in June, 2021.

Community Progress Report
We are excited to announce the first HOPE Recommendations Community Progress Report!

Our network of City, County, and community partners have been working hard to implement the HOPE Advisory Board Policy Recommendations.

Check out our Community Progress Report to learn more about the work being done on coordinated homelessness response in Benton County.
Foreclosure and Mortgage Assistance available for Oregon homeowners
This month, Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), in partnership with state agencies, launched oregonhomeownerhelp.org, a new website and awareness campaign to support struggling homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

Oregon homeowners who have fallen behind, are at risk of missing a mortgage payment, or have received a foreclosure letter from their servicer can do one of two things:

In addition to housing counseling services, the website can also help homeowners avoid falling victim to fraud and connect them with legal assistance. Foreclosure-related scams are expected to increase and homeowners should be on the lookout. The new website and awareness campaign will provide Oregonians with the information they need to stay safe from fraud during this challenging time.

Benton County Health Dept. - HOPE Communications