Oregon Statewide Shelter Study SummaryPresentedto Oregon Housing Stability Council
Rachel Post, LCSW,Senior AssociateTechnical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. (TAC)July 12, 2019
Understand current status of emergency shelter programs across the state.Learn about best practices in sheltering people experiencing homelessness within Oregon and from across the country.Develop recommendations to improve shelter outcomes and practices aligned with the Statewide Housing Plan and OHCS shift to outcomes orientation in state homeless services programs.
Conducted regionalfocusgroups across the state.Conducted structured telephone interviews with winter and warming shelters.Analysis of available shelter data provided by OHCS.Interviewed stakeholders with state level policy perspective.Conducted webinar targeted to rural and frontier stakeholders.OHCS surveyed persons with lived experience.
How many beds are needed in Oregon?
Access toShelter: Barriers for People of Color
Fewer year round emergency shelters.More reliant on winter and warming shelters.More reliant on volunteers to staff shelter.Transportation issues to get people to and from shelters.Few options exist for day shelter.Limited opportunities to exit homelessness due to few affordable housing options and limited services.All subpopulations are underserved.Challenges in expanding shelter due to local opposition.