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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Clackamas Wins 2nd Fed Grant to Fight Homelessness

Congratulations to Clackamas County commissioners and their Housing Authority staff for securing a $482,000 federal grant to help young people aging out of foster care.  This is the second grant (combined over $2.5 million) in five months.

The latest grant is designed to help young people avoid homelessness as they transition from foster homes to living on their own, according to Commissioner Ken Humberston.

Clackamas was one of just four recipients and the only one in Oregon, according to federal officials.  Last September the county was competitively awarded $1,776,632 in a HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grant to develop and support programs that address youth homelessness, including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes.

The latest grant will complement efforts by offering housing vouchers to the Clackamas Authority to prevent or end homelessness among young adults under the age of 25 who are, or have recently left, the foster care system without a home to go to.

The program requires communities to provide supportive services for the length of assistance to help youths achieve self-sufficiency. These activities center around basic life skills, landlord outreach and job preparation. Additionally, they will receive educational and career counseling, as well as counseling on program and lease compliance. These supportive services are critical given that the assistance is time limited, Humberston added.