Coos/Curry Counties selected for Operation Welcome Home
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) recently 10 selected communities, including Coos and Curry County to participate in Operation Welcome Home.
OHCS has partnered with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) to provide technical assistance to communities working to end veteran homelessness. Local efforts will be coordinated through Oregon Coast Community Action.
“It’s unacceptable that any veteran would experience homelessness,” OHCS Director Margaret Salazar said, “but we know that veterans are more likely to face these challenges. Operation Welcome Home centers the goal of ending veterans’ homelessness and uses national best practices and clear goalposts to advance that goal. The ten communities selected demonstrate a desire and ability to address veterans’ homelessness, and we are proud to support them in this effort.”
Operation Welcome Home will run from November 2018 to May 2019. Supported by lottery funds allocated by the legislature, it represents the first stage of support for local communities who are working to end veteran homelessness. The goal for this first effort is to house at least 500 veterans across Oregon and to build a lasting infrastructure.
“Veterans and their families deserve stable housing,” Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Director Kelly Fitzpatrick said. “This technical assistance will help communities create a by-name list of veterans experiencing homelessness that will allow multiple services providers to coordinate and leverage resources to help each veteran experiencing homelessness. This approach ensures we are looking at the person experiencing homelessness rather than another statistic.”