Thousands of young adults in Oregon are homeless, sleeping on the streets every night with little support from their guardians or parents. A local non-profit organization, the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA) Program called HOME Youth & Resource Center, is making big plans to do something about it. HOME is known to many of our local homeless youth as the “drop in center” and staff play a pivotal role working alongside the homeless youth by providing valuable community resources and most importantly, by believing that ALL youth have unlimited potential.
Currently, MWVCAA is calling upon all youth and young adults in both Polk and Marion County, ages 11-24 who have been homeless or who are passionate about the issue of homelessness and want to do something about it. MWVCAA is asking our opinions, frustrations, experiences, hopes, and dreams about unstable housing and homelessness and how we can make a change, not only locally but at the state level.
Oregon has been divided up into five regions. Our region is called the Mid-Valley and North Coast Area which includes ten counties; Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Yamhill. Within our region, we will be addressing the crisis and housing needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, as well as the crisis of the current housing inventory and helping to create the “right size” transition plan for Marion and Polk Counties.
How can the TITANS help?
First by contacting Ryan Pollard at MWVCAA Community Engagement Coordinator at the Home & Youth Resource Center at (503) 551-1509 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and letting him know that you are interested.
Secondly, choose how much you want to be involved between April and June. There are four options to choose from… so help when you can by:
- Participating with Focus Groups
- Attending Weekly Zoom Meetings
- Assisting with Surveys
- Choosing all THREE
Lastly, this is a great opportunity for West Salem leaders to get involved, to give back, and to meet other high school leaders who have the same passion to end youth homelessness. Plus, they are offering compensation for our time at $25 an hour.
If you are interested in what’s available, the cost, as well as needs and wants in housing options in our region for homeless youth and young adults aged 11-24 then get ready… because the kick-off for the Oregon Youth Statewide Homeless Youth Needs Assessment & System Modeling begins April 5th!
Choose to get involved now and make a difference in our community. It’s a Great Day to be a Titan!!!