We offer training to support our Homeless Leadership Coalition members in our efforts to prevent and end homelessness in Central Oregon. Find our current trainings listed below:

Upcoming Peer Support Specialist Course

ship with National Mental Illness Alliance (NAMI) and Deschutes Behavioral Health Services will be offering a Peer Support Specialist for Adult Mental Health.

· A hybrid class during the time range of June 24-July 16, 2024

· Bend In-Person Sessions: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (6/24 & 6/25, 7/15 & 7/16)

· Zoom Sessions: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (7/9 & 7/11)

· First Step: Apply to COCC as a Non-Degree-Seeking Student Here

· Second Step: Please complete this short form after applying to COCC to enroll in the class.

Re-entry Best Practices Workshop

“Anxiety, fear, and uncertainty” are common adjectives when asked how a prisoner feels about re-entry. This volatile time includes many obstacles and barriers for citizens returning from prison, and successfully navigating these challenges requires one to have a healthy support system.

Changing Patterns is a Central Oregon nonprofit organization with a mission to assist returning citizens to successfully navigate the barriers and obstacles of re-entry. They provide a Peer Support Re-entry Program where clients are paired with certified peer support specialists who walk with them through early re-entry.

On August 22nd and 23rd, Changing Patterns will be hosting a Re-entry Best Practices Workshop for Oregon Health Authority staff and certified behavioral health specialists who work with people during the re-entry process. This workshop will highlight the importance of making a personal commitment toa healthy goal, managing habits, establishing a routine lifestyle, and utilizing a support system all while securing essential resources needed to live productively in the community. There is limited space. The workshop is funded through grant money, so there are no costs to participants except travel and accommodation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided along with optional activities (weather dependent). RSVP by emailing to

Foundations of Equitable and Inclusive
Nonprofit Organizations
A Central Oregon Community Learning Opportunity

Allyship in Action is offering a two-part workshop series for nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers in Central Oregon. The workshops will support participants in developing a shared language and understanding of how systems of oppression (e.g. racism, cisheterosexism, and ableism) manifest themselves in Central Oregon. Participants will explore intersectionality, power, and privilege and how identity impacts the way people experience organizational oppression in nonprofits – both internally in nonprofit culture and externally in programming. The workshops will also provide strategies, tools and practice for interrupting oppression and repairing harm. The workshop will be facilitated by a team of facilitators with intersectional identities who live, work, and have deep connections to nonprofit organizations in Central Oregon and beyond.

Workshop information available here.

2024 Fair Housing Trainings

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and Fair Housing Council are partnering to offer a series of fair housing trainings throughout 2024. These are free webinars for anyone interested in learning more about fair housing issues statewide and how to prevent illegal housing discrimination in Oregon. Learn more about each webinar and register to reserve your spot in these upcoming webinars. The first one is coming up on Thursday, March 28.

Fair Housing and Houselessness

Thursday, March 28 // 10 a.m. – noon

In this training, attendees will learn the basics of fair housing and how it intersects with issues related to houselessness. Topics will cover housing production, NYMBY-ism, rural vs metro houselessness, and how fair housing plays a role in addressing barriers in the application process and in eviction prevention.

Fair Housing Basics

Wednesday, May 29 // 10 a.m. – noon

This training will cover basic concepts of Fair Housing, such as protected classes, red flags of discrimination, and disparate impact. We will also discuss protections for people with disabilities, including how to write Reasonable Accommodation and Modification Requests.

Fair Housing for Medical and Mental Health Providers

Thursday, July 18 // 1 – 3 p.m.

Providers are often asked to write letters for their patients related to disability and housing. However, many providers are hesitant to write these letters because they don’t understand their role in this process or the laws that pertain to the process. This training will help you understand how to best support your clients and the important role you play in helping them with equal access and enjoyment to their housing. Join us for a two-hour Zoom session where we will review:

  • Fair Housing Law as it applies to disability
  • Writing letters of support for assistance animals and other disability accommodations
  • FAQs like liability and types of allowable accommodations

Fair Housing for Aging Populations

Tuesday, September 10 // 10 a.m. – noon

The first half of this training will cover the housing crisis for older adults, how fair housing law can support aging in place, and the reasonable accommodation and modification process as it can be used to support older adults. The second half of the presentation will be facilitated by AARP. AARP surveys consistently find that older adults want to remain in their current homes and communities for as long as possible. Yet barely one percent of the nation’s housing supply contains any “universal design” elements — such as single story living or a sink that can be reached from a wheelchair. That’s where AARP HomeFit comes in. Based on the free AARP HomeFit Guide, this presentation can help individuals and families make their current or future residence — or that of a loved one — their “lifelong home.”

Moving Forward with a Past

Tuesday, October 29 // 10 a.m. – noon

This training will provide information for people with a criminal past with understanding their rights as provided under fair housing law. This will cover basic fair housing, reasonable accommodation, letters of explanation, disparate impact topics, and how to advocate for oneself. This training can also be beneficial for advocates who are assisting folks who have a criminal past.

Spanish and ASL translation will be available at each training. If you have any other accommodation requests, please let us know through the registration page or email We hope to see you there.

2024 HUD Innovations in Ending Homelessness Roundtable Series: The State of Homelessness in 2024

Upcoming HUD Innovations in Ending Homelessness Roundtable Series. This series is a continuation of the Rapid Rehousing Roundtable Discussion Series.  This new series will move beyond the specific focus of rapid rehousing and focus on innovative strategies and interventions that provide the most effective, equitable responses to homelessness at the individual and system levels. The first session, The State of Homelessness in 2024, is taking place on March 14, 2024.  Participants do not need to register in advance. Save the date!

Contact:  2024 HUD Innovations in Ending Homelessness Roundtable Series Registrar |

TitleDate and TimeJoining Link
The State of Homelessness in 2024March 14, 2024
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Join the Webinar
Housing First: Still the Right Way
to End Homelessness
April 4, 2024
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Save the Date
Criminalization: An Emerging Threat
to Ending Homelessness
May 2, 2024
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Save the Date
Housing-Focused Interventions
Across the Continuum
June 6, 2024
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Save the Date
Staying HousedJuly 11, 2024
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Save the Date
The Person-Centered CoCAugust 8, 2024
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Save the Date

On-Demand & Ongoing Training Opportunities

SOAR Training

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Free Resources – Trauma Informed Care

May 3, 2022|Training and Events|

HLC wanted to make sure our members were familiar with two great and no cost learning opportunities in Trauma Informed Care. Trauma Informed Oregon offers an online training that consists of four, free, self-paced and self-directed learning sessions that will introduce the basics of trauma informed care. Upon successful completion of the course and submission[...]

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