Homeless Task Force

Homeless Task Force HUD Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Application

About

The Homeless Task Force is a committee of the Jackson County Community Services Consortium.

Mission

To reduce the numbers, mitigate the impact and improve outcomes for people who experience homelessness in Jackson County.

Description

The Homeless Task Force meets monthly to provide an opportunity for agencies to check in with each other, to share information and resources, to work together on public events that educate the community about homelessness and to bring as many financial resources to this area as possible. The Homeless Task Force has eight active subcommittees that welcome anyone to participate:

HTF meeting

Core Group (planning the agenda and focus of the HTF),
Highly Affordable Housing Alternatives,
Income/Employment,
Mental Health,
Point-In-Time Count,
Project Homeless Connect,
Veterans Committee
Youth Networking Committee

It is at the subcommittee level that gaps are identified and addressed with resources specific to each population. The subcommittees monitor needs and services for their populations and, when necessary, develop and implement collaborative projects to remedy specific gaps in services or to resolve issues.The Annual Point-In-Time Homeless Survey and One Night Shelter Count are coordinated efforts of all Task Force Members.

Meetings

The Jackson County Homeless Task Force meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10:30-12 at the ACCESS Olsrud Nutrition Center located at 2020 Cardinal Ave. Medford, OR 97501
Every quarter (Feb, May, Aug & Nov) the meeting is held at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way in Ashland, OR.

General Information

The work of the Homeless Task Force has the support of government leaders in Jackson County.  Jackson County Commissioners have passed a resolution to create a ten-year plan to end chronic homelessness in the county. The strategy for this ten-year plan will be developed in conjunction with the Consortium and the Homeless Task Force and will include a strong public education component.

The Jackson County Homeless Task Force has identified “Increasing community awareness of homelessness” as an ongoing goal. Community awareness of the lives and personal circumstances of the local homeless population is vital to the ongoing work of the Homeless Task Force, because:

  • Educating people of a need in a community increases philanthropic giving, which is necessary for the success of many other projects.
  • An informed population is more likely to respond favorably to government-sponsored initiatives such as the Jackson County Commissioners’ ten-year plan to end chronic homelessness.
  • This informed population is more likely to encourage local government officials to seek additional programs that work to end homelessness in the county.
  • Creating a community able to see those living homeless as fellow citizens lowers the possibility of confrontation and friction.
    Homeless Camp
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