HOPE Foundational Recommendation C - Legislative Advocacy
Continue to advocate for statewide funding, shelter bed requirements for every county, and partnerships to address affordable housing impacts.
April 2023 - July 2023
- City of Corvallis adopted a temporary ordinance in order to comply with ORS 195.530 for sleeping and lying on city property. The City provided an updated sleeping guide and info on their website.
- City of Corvallis permanently eliminated off-street parking requirements which can burden affordable housing, shelter, and social services who don’t need the same level of parking as businesses. The change enables expansion of existing social service facilities or the addition of housing units.
- Corvallis Housing First (CHF) continues to meet with fellow recipients of Project Turnkey grant funding to provide guidance and advocacy about best practices for sheltering and supportive housing models.
November 2022 - March 2023
- Leaders from Benton County and City of Corvallis met with Oregon Representative Val Hoyle to discuss topics including coordinated homeless response, affordable housing projects, behavioral health, and building a homeless services navigation center.
July 2022 - October 2022
- Benton County removed the sunset date of December 31, 2022, from Benton County Code Chapter 40, allowing religious institutions to host on-site vehicle camping including micro-shelters outside city limits.
June 2021 - June 2022
- New state law allowing/requiring “middle housing” in all residential zones for more housing options for developers.
- Legislative changes on shelter siting, middle housing, and funding.
- Benton County joined the Oregon Housing Alliance to amplify legislative advocacy.
- Advocacy by elected officials from City of Corvallis and Benton County resulted in our inclusion in the two-year pilot legislation to bring funding for added staff capacity to implement the HOPE recommendations.