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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.

Key Role for Voters in May Primary

This year’s May 15 primary is shaping up to be very interesting in Clackamas County. Looking at some key races where voters will decide the standard bearer:

House District 18 has eight precincts in southern Clackamas County and a spanking new Republican appointee in the seat. Rick Lewis, former Silverton police chief and later mayor, is challenged by Democrats Doug Culver and Barry Shapiro, both of Silverton. Lewis is seen as lackluster. Possible upset.

HD26 has four precincts in Wilsonville, and that’s where Democrat Ryan Spiker lives. Incumbent Republican Richard Vial, a first-termer, has a GOP primary challenger, too, in the district that stretches north to King City and west to Hillsboro. Registration changes have made 26 a Democratic district now, but Spiker has work to do. Continue reading

COUNTY COMMISSION NEWS: Metro Council Grants

Reprinted by permission from County Commissioner Ken Humberston

Ken Humberston

Last year Clackamas county did not receive any grant money from Metro because of the “strained” relationship. This year we were able to resolve the Stafford “impasse” with Metro and the 3 cities that surround Stafford. Now this:

County awarded planning and housing grants from Metro

On Oct. 26, the Metro Council approved two grant applications that Clackamas County submitted earlier this year for Metro 2040 Community Planning and Development Funds. Continue reading

Around the County: Candidates — Devlin Out, Collette Out, Johnson Out; Who’s In?

By Peter Toll

With about one year until the next general election and just seven months to the primary, candidates are facing new challenges as at least three incumbents in Clackamas County have announced their pending resignations from office.

Topping the list is State Senator Richard Devlin, co-chair of the Legislature’s powerful Joint Ways & Means Committee. The Democrat from Tualatin serving Lake Oswego and West Linn is being appointed to the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council by Gov. Kate Brown. His letter of resignation will follow Senate confirmation Nov. 15. Continue reading