Almost $1 million in federal funding is headed to Central Oregon, aimed at preventing youth homelessness.
Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced the $953,950 in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used toward developing a community plan that helps young people experiencing homelessness. Those include unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth where no member of the household is older than 24.
“The unfortunate reality that our region’s unhoused population of young people has grown nearly 30% since 2022 is both alarming and a call to action,” Tammy Baney, Executive Director of the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, said in a statement. “Today we come together to loudly state our commitment to young people, and just as loudly to proclaim that hope is on the horizon.”
“That challenge has only gotten worse. We have to do a lot more, but this is a big win for Bend and for Central Oregon,” Merkley told Central Oregon Daily News Wednesday.
“This federal investment in Central Oregon will lead to solutions that help young Oregonians get off the street and into housing so they can get their lives on track,” Wyden said in a statement.
The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council will handle the money and help develop a community plan that aids young people experiencing homelessness.