Housing Action Team
We’re working on reducing homelessness, making housing more sustainable and affordable, and preserving existing structures.
SafePlace Transitional Housing Program
SafePlace is being developed to provide transitional housing in Micro Shelters placed on faith-based organization properties. The initial SafePlace site, Safe Camp, got started at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in July 2019. Two other churches joined the program in March 2020.
The goal of SafePlace is to assist individuals, couples, and families in housing transitions by providing a safe and legal environment for temporary housing. Micro Shelters are low-cost, one room, wood framed, heated, portable structures being constructed by local contractors with donated labor. Participants will have access to basic services including porta-potties, garbage pick-up, electricity, and, at some locations, cooking facilities.
SafePlace welcomes, values, and respects unhoused persons as fellow human beings and members of our community. SafePlace participants sign a Code of Conduct and agree to responsibilities to move into and remain in SafePlace housing. They all will be connected with a case worker and/or mentor to help them on their journey to healthy, more stable lives.
Sustainable Housing Workgroup
We are working to approach net zero by reducing Corvallis residential energy and water use, using cutting-edge practices to retrofit existing housing.
Affordable Housing Project
We organized a tour and two forums to provide information about what affordable housing is already available in Corvallis and to encourage creative approaches to the issue. There was a lot of interest and we are continuing to research and explore options.
Housing Action Team: Second Monday of each month, 12 noon–1 pm
• Sustainable Housing: Third Tuesday of each month, 2 –3:30pm
• Safe Place Transitional Housing Program: Dates and times vary
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Housing vision, goals, strategies, and actions, from “Community Sustainability: A Framework for Action.”