Central Oregon’s Plan

In 2023, Central Oregon was awarded nearly $1m in funding from HUD dedicated to addressing Youth Homelessness, through the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). The first phase of YHDP required Central Oregon to work with youth and young adults, service providers, local governments, and community-members to come up with a plan to address Youth Homelessness. See the current draft of Central Oregon’s Coordinated Community Plan, here.

Central Oregon’s Plan

The High Desert Home is the region’s roadmap to preventing and ending homelessness for our neighbors. This work will take community collaboration, coordination, innovation and the High Desert Home helps align our community around common goals and strategies to get there.

High Desert Home, approved in 2015, is an update to the original plan, approved in 2011. The HLC is currently undertaking a process to update the Plan to reflect current needs, gaps, initiatives, progress, and set direction for prioritizing efforts on the goals and strategies.

High Desert Home envisions a region where:

No one should experience homelessness – no one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.

To achieve this, Central Oregon has developed six goals that will create the conditions and supports that prevent homelessness from occurring, and, if someone does become homeless, help them quickly move into safe and stable housing. We are aiming to:

  • End chronic homelessness;
  • End homelessness among Veterans;
  • End homelessness for unaccompanied youth;
  • End homelessness among families with children;
  • Set a sustainable path to preventing and ending homelessness for all populations.
Goal 1 – Homelessness Prevention

Prevent people from becoming homeless by working with them to maintain their housing or obtain safe, stable housing.

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Goal 2 – Affordable Housing

Increase access to stable and affordable housing by expanding, developing, and coordinating the supply of affordable housing to prevent and end homelessness.

Goal 3 – Appropriate Support Services

Cultivate the strengths of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness to expand their capacity for self-support in housing through strategies that promote economic security, health and housing stability.

Goal 4 – System Improvements

Improve system coordination, communication and collaboration among agencies and organizations at the funding and service delivery level to move toward a “housing first” system, improve discharge procedures and prevent and end homelessness.

Goal 5 – Education and Outreach

Increase leadership, collaboration, and civic engagement across all sectors to promote collaborative solutions and commitment to preventing and ending homelessness.

Goal 6 – Better Data

Expand and improve data collection, technology and methodology to better track homeless program demographics and outcomes, improve collaboration, identify gaps and target solutions.