Homeless Series: A Corvallis Primer

Today, we are releasing a culled together view of our last three months of investigatory work focused on Corvallis homelessness. The stories are below.

On Thursday, we present a CitySpeak forum on the subject, panelists include:

  • Mayor Biff Traber
  • County Commissioner Xan Augerot
  • Director of Benton County Mental Health,, Danielle Brown
  • Community Outreach Inc. Executive Director, Kari Whitacre
  • Room at the Inn Manager, Sarah Power
  • Rev. Jill McAllister from the Corvallis Unitarian Universalist Fellowship that offers the Corvallis Emergency Cold Weather Shelter for Men
  • Rev. Jennifer Butler from Corvallis First Congregational UCC, a local church that started the Safe Camp program

CYCLIC CAUSES OF THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS: Crunched between waning wages and scarcer housing options for lower, and even middle income earners, problems were bound to ensue. Now add a mental health crisis to that mix. READ…

 

 

THE COSTS OF HOMELESSNESS IN CORVALLIS: Dealing with homelessness isn’t inexpensive – but doing nothing isn’t cheap either. READ…

 

 

INSIDE ILLEGAL CORVALLIS’ ILLEGAL CAMPING COMMUNITY: Reporter Blair Girard interviews campers, local police, shelter operators, and top area officials tasked with addressing homelessness.  It’s an extensive piece. READ…

 

 

THIS CORVALLIS CHURCH TRIES OFFERING A LEGAL CAMPING COMMUNITY:  Amid worries from neighbors, a church winnows through zoning ordinances to offer an alternative. Just a few weeks in, and five campers have now been permanently housed. READ…

 

THE COUNTY HIRES A HOMELESSNESS CZAR: Julie Arena will move from her California Department of Health post, to Corvallis. She starts work at the Benton County Health Department in mid October. READ...

 

 

MANY SERVICES, DEEPS GAPS, AND NO MAP: Shawn Collins knows all about the navigability of the current social services system for the unhoused, until recently, he served as the Housing Opportunities Action Council Project Manager for United Way in Corvallis. He says there is little connectivity within the system, and he outlines some of the problems this can cause. READ…

 

A REMINDER OF THE STAKES: Corvallis provided Kimberly Hakes and Michael Whipple services. But, the humbling and hard fact is that tragedy still struck. READ…