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Corvallis Group Focuses On Housing First For Homeless

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Corvallis Homeless Coalition
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A group of non-profits in Corvallis is hoping to expand their efforts to provide permanent housing to homeless people in the community. They're focusing on "housing first", a model that's been successful in other cities.

Corvallis Housing First plans to build a permanent shelter on a site that's now a temporary warming center for men. Executive Director Gina Vee says focusing on *housing first can reduce rates of emergency room care and arrests for homeless people.

Vee: "Our goal for the homeless is permanent housing. We want to get rid of homelessness. We want it to be cost-effective. And we want it to be done with compassion."

The group opened a 14 unit apartment building several years ago with state funding. It provides transitional housing with case managers. Vee says it's been successful at bringing people out of homelessness. She's planning a larger building that would accommodate up to 75 people on property Housing First Corvallis purchased last year.
 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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