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Topic Talk: Homelessness in the Portland Region - How Did We Get Here? What Can Be Done?

Learn more about how our community's homelessness issues have developed over the past decades, and what steps foundations and others are taking reduce and prevent homelessness and ensure that people who are homeless get the services they need. Hear about the myths, assumptions, facts and realities of the issues from Brandi Tuck (Portland Homeless Family Solutions Impact Grantee Partner) and Marc Jolin (Director of Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services). Find out how some leading foundations are investing their resources in ways that will impact issues of homelessness and affordable housing. The panel includes Therese Deibele from Meyer Memorial Trust (describing their focus on equitable and affordable housing); Jesse Beason of NW Health Foundation (describing their systems-change effort regarding facilitating collaboration in health care service delivery); and Melissa Freeman,  Director of Strategic Projects of the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), describing the donor education and prioritizing work OCF is doing in response to the research about homelessness that they commissioned last year. $23 covers costs and lunch; members and friends welcome. Thanks to the Member Education Committee for organizing this forum.

Click here to purchase tickets and make your lunch choice. Space is limited.

Interested in getting an overview of homelessness in Oregon? Read this report from Eco NorthWest, commissioned in 2018 by Oregon Community Foundation. It provides an in-depth review of “trends, causes and policy options.’” 64 pages - good graphs and a good executive summary.

Interested in seeing how Oregon’s homeless populations compare to those in other states? Explore this interactive website from the US Interagency Council on Homelessness.