For immediate release August 26, 2013
Contact: Bill Hall, 541-265-4100
Lola Jones 541-574-8898
Financial donations are being sought to expand the services available at the seventh annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event in Newport Oct. 4. The one-day event provided direct services and service connections to 223 Lincoln County residents in crisis last year.
Although hundreds of hours of volunteer time are donated along with a wide variety of goods, the event does have financial needs, said Bill Hall, steering committee chair.
“The PHC steering committee has made funding a second dental van the top financial priority,” said Hall. He said a $100 donation from the Newport Presbyterian Women has been committed toward the $700 cost of securing the van from Medical Teams International. Lincoln County dentists and dental technicians provide their services at no charge, Hall said.
Hall said the committee has already booked one van for the date, but based on past demand, would like to make a second van available. “Each van will serve 20 people and provide about $25,000 worth of dental care. That’s a huge return on a modest investment,” Hall said. He said the committee needs to have the added funds in hand soon in order to secure the second van and recruit volunteer providers.
Any funds collected above and beyond the cost of the dental van will go toward other direct services to event guests, with assistance in obtaining legal identification the committee’s top priority. “Many people have lost their legal I.D. or never had it,” Hall said. “Without it, it’s impossible for a person to access services they qualify for.”
Samaritan House, Lincoln County’s family homeless shelter, is serving as fiscal agent for the event. Donations are tax-deductible and may be sent to 715 SW Bay Street, Newport. Please write “PHC” or “Homeless Connect” in the subject line of the check.
“At Home in Lincoln County 2.0” is a revision of “At Home in Lincoln County: A Ten-Year Housing Plan for Lincoln County with a Special Focus on Chronic Homelessness.
Looking for Homeless Assistance?
If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or know someone that is homeless, help is available. Lincoln County, along with 2-1-1 and many other Local homeless assistance agencies provide a range of services and assistance, including emergency shelter, food, housing counseling, and job training and placement assistance.
For general information on available resources, please visit the Resources for Homeless Persons page on the HRE.
Regional Ten Year Plan
Although each of the counties has an individualized 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, this regional effort seeks to document both the service gaps that exist in the tri-county region and the best practices of projects and programs as models for application elsewhere in the State. A Collaborative Regional Plan to Address Homelessness in Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties
Lincoln County 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness
“If we could first know where we are and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do and how to do it.” -Abraham Lincoln
The Goal of the Lincoln County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness is to effect positive change in the lives of those who are homeless. The Lincoln County plan was created a part of a national effort to focus new and existing resources and proven strategies on the growing problem of homelessness.
SURVEY: Commissioner Bill Hall and the Lincoln Commission on Children & Families is working on identifying community resources and assets. Click this link to give your responses to this brief 12 Question Survey. Your responses will be utilized during the rewrite of Lincoln County’s 10 Year Plan.