New Funding for Homelessness Needed Now More Than Ever

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

By now, you’ve received your ballot.

One of the measures you’re being asked to vote on is Measure 26-210. If approved, this measure will provide an estimated $250,000,000 annually of flexible dollars to fund homeless services, focusing on client-centered, wraparound, highly adaptable services and economic opportunity. Funds will be spread throughout the Portland Metro area,including all of Multnomah and most parts of Washington and Clackamas counties.

Measure 26-210 will fund flexible services that are critical for Portlanders like Jessica. In 2016, Jessica was deep in a decades-long struggle with meth and alcohol use disorder, unemployed, newly homeless and suddenly estranged from her three children. Getting back to her daughters was the motivation Jessica needed to seek treatment. She began her journey at CCC’s Hooper Detoxification and Stabilization Center, and she quickly found out she wouldn't walk the rest of the path to recovery alone. Instead, she entered the Recovery Mentor Program, accessed health care and mental health treatment and found employment through the Clean & Safe program. Throughout her journey, Jessica had safe, supportive housing, including transitional housing prior to moving into a permanent home with her three daughters in CCC’s family housing.

July marks four years clean and sober for Jessica. She’s a member of CCC’s environmental services team, saving to buy a home and preparing her growing daughters for careers of their own. Mother and daughters are happy, healthy, together. “Wow, Mom,” they said. “We’re doing pretty good.”

Voting for Measure 26-210 ensures that families like Jessica’s can build futures together.

Voters have been asking for a comprehensive solution for over ten years to help fund these critical services. In 2018, we courageously voted for a region wide affordable housing bond.

Let’s take the next step.

Voting for Measure 26-210 ensures that families like Jessica’s can build futures together.

Affordable housing can end someone’s experience of homelessness. The supportive services outlined in Measure 26-210 will keep our neighbors housed, resilient and connected.

At Central City Concern, we know providing comprehensive, wraparound services work to end people's homelessness. HereTogether, a coalition of more than 450 organizations, including CCC and other nonprofit service providers, people of color, people with lived experience of homelessness, elected officials, business leaders, faith communities and more has worked tirelessly to create this measure for the voters of our region.

Here are some examples of how the funds will be used:

  • Expanded case management, outreach services and clinical services.
  • Increased access to job training opportunities.
  • Long term rent assistance and eviction prevention; and
  • Expanded access to affordable, culturally responsive housing services.

A region wide problem requires a region wide solution with a region wide revenue stream.

By increasing our investments to this level, our community will be able to transform the reality of our chronic homeless crisis and improve the lived reality of tens of thousands of people who now live without a safe, stable home.

At Central City Concern, we know providing comprehensive, wraparound services work to end people's homelessness.

There are two actions you can take TODAY.

  1. Fill out your ballot and send it using the prepaid postage on the return envelope, or drop off your competed ballot to an Official Ballot Drop Site by 8 p.m. on May 19.
  1. Show your support for comprehensive, wraparound services that have been proven to end people's homelessness by donating to CCC.