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Benton County, OR

Benton County and the City of Corvallis formed the HOPE Advisory Board to address homelessness

 

Community ROCKit builds off of the efforts of the Home, Opportunity, Planning, and Equity (HOPE) Board, a joint effort to facilitate a comprehensive, coordinated response to homelessness. 

 

The Community ROCKit model, which focuses on identifying existing assets and amplifying community engagement to solve local issues, focuses on next steps for moving to a coordinated entry process for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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Why Benton County?

“Solutions to homelessness are a priority for our community, and Benton County is committed to addressing affordability and homelessness by engaging the whole community in assuring safe, healthy, and affordable housing for all community members.”

Nancy Wyse

Benton County Commissioner

“We don’t need data to see that homelessness is a problem in our community. We need data to help us solve it. That’s where ROCKit comes in, to help identify how we can implement coordinated entry in order to better prioritize connecting the most vulnerable individuals to housing opportunities.”
 

Dina Eldridge

Housing Services Manager of Community Services Consortium

Why Housing?  

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For every 100 families in Benton County with extremely low income,

only 14 affordable rental units are available

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40% of all renters pay more than 50% of their income to rent; this number rises

to 83% of extremely low income individuals

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income inequality in Oregon

 the highest rates of

Benton County has one of 

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The number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Benton County

has increased dramatically (more than 95%) since 2015

Asset Map

These assets were identified by Benton County participants to help address housing supply issues.

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Assets