Tonight: Meet Candidates for the Top Homeless Board Job, 5 to 7 pm

It’s down to two finalists for the leadership role coordinating homeless services in the area, and the county has extended a public invite for tonight to all that would like to meet the candidates.

Whoever gets the nod for the new Home, Opportunity, Planning and Equity advisory board will have quite the task on their hands. Some years back, the board was called the Homeless Oversight Commission, then it became the Housing Opportunities Action Coalition, and sought to overcome rancor among its membership with a more formalized structure, and facilitation – but fissures continued to develop among the helping community. All are hoping this new iteration of the board will bring coalescence – and whoever wins this position will be key to the effort.

 Here’s the county press release with all the when’s and where:

Benton County invites the community to a public reception for two candidates for the HOPE Program Coordinator.  The reception will be held August 21, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Benton County Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way, in the Sunset Meeting Room.

Beginning in early July, the Benton County Health Department began a continuous recruitment effort for the HOPE Program Coordinator position.  A review of applicants began in early August, and after interviews with the initial four candidates, two have been selected for on-site interviews on August 21.  A public reception will be held after the interviews, with an opportunity for community members to provide written feedback on the candidates.

The Home, Opportunity, Planning and Equity (HOPE) Advisory Board is engaged in ending homelessness in Benton County with a vision that everyone in Benton County should have the opportunity to live in decent, safe, and affordable housing. The HOPE Advisory Board is a collaborative effort of Benton County and the City of Corvallis.  The HOPE Advisory Board values are to use data to drive assessments, prioritization and accountability, take a comprehensive systems and multi-sector approach, engage and involve the community, prioritize vulnerable populations, and promote racial and ethnic justice.    The HOPE Program Coordinator will facilitate and coordinate the HOPE Program, with responsibilities including communications and planning with community organizations, research and recommendations of evidence-based practices, and implementation of the Benton County 10-Year Plan.

Please come meet the candidates, and share your written feedback as Benton County works to fill this important role.

Press release from:

Shawn Collins

Benton County Health Department

Shawn.Collins@co.benton.co.us