Good Neighbor Agreement
As Central Oregon responds to the needs of our unhoused neighbors, new facilities will be established to provide a variety of services and shelter. It is common for neighbors to have concerns when any new business, service or other development enters a neighborhood. The Homeless Leadership Coalition suggests neighborhoods leverage a Good Neighbor Agreement to have the most positive and transparent conversation regarding neighborhood concerns. A well-executed Good Neighbor Agreement establishes a vision and sets goals for how neighbors including area residents, businesses, and service providers will work together to support mutual success, communicate, and address concerns and solve problems. A Good Neighbor Agreement is a tool to
- Initiate and maintain open – transparent – proactive communications
- Develop clear expectations and procedures for resolving problems
- Enhance neighborhood safety and livability while promoting access to services
- Foster positive relationships between the facility and neighbors
A Good Neighbor Agreement template is provided as a launching point for such neighborhood discussions.