The Housing Authority of Lincoln County is one of the entities involved in the new Lincoln County Homeless Response Advisory Board, which includes representation from all of the cities, the county, and other service providers. (Photo by Steve Card)

Most would agree that homelessness has reached the crisis stage in many places around the country. In Oregon, it’s not a problem limited to just the metro areas — rural areas such as Lincoln County are seeing huge increases in the number of homeless individuals. And in recent months, entities throughout Lincoln County have come together to create a regional response to this problem.

A press release issued last week by the Housing Authority of Lincoln County talked about that effort. It was kicked off last year when the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 4123 to establish locally led, regional housing coordination through eight pilot projects across the state. Lincoln County was one of these eight approved projects and was awarded $1 million in state funding to coordinate an effort anchored by city-county partnerships and to strengthen their communities’ homeless response.

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