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Community Oversight and Engagement

Learn more about Washington County's efforts to combat the complexities of homelessness, and community guidelines.

Local Implementation Plan (here)

The Washington County Local Implementation Plan (LIP) guides the implementation of our Supportive Housing Services program. The LIP was created with broad community feedback over many months to inform data analysis of current programs, racial disparities, and unmet needs, as well as shared values and commitments of the program. The Washington County Plan was approved unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners, Metro Oversight Committee, and the Metro Council. Our Local Implementation Plan commits to several program goals that guide program investments and evaluations to ensure the community need is met. Overall goals include:

  • Create and sustain 1650 Supportive Housing Placements annually
  • Create and sustain 250 year-round shelter beds annually
  • Ensure housing placement and retention outcomes advance racial equity

Homeless Plan Advisory Committee

The LIP framework will continually guide our work to address homelessness with supportive housing in Washington County and be evaluated and improved as needed through the ongoing work of our local Homeless Plan Advisory Committee (HPAC). The HPAC is a community advisory committee appointed by the Board of County Commissioner to provide direction and evaluation of homeless and supportive housing programs. HPAC works to ensure transparent accountability to the public, efficient and effective use of public investments, and equitable housing outcomes for our community. Find more information about HPAC here.

Regional program and oversight

The Metro regional government is responsible for tax collection and convening the regional oversight committee. Find more information about the regional program at Metro Supportive Housing Services

Community Guidelines for Expanding Shelter Programs  

Washington County continues to uphold its commitment to preventing and ending homelessness in our community. As a demonstration of efforts to combat the complexities of homelessness, the County has set a goal of expanding year-round shelter capacity to service 250 more people at a time in our shelter programs. To support this significant program expansion, County staff facilitated several opportunities for the community to engage in this effort.  In the winter of 2022, County staff led a robust community engagement process to gather feedback from community members to create Community Guidelines for Expanding Shelter Programs, led by considerations for advancing equity. 

Equitable community guidelines for expanding shelter programs include:  

  • Community guidelines for Shelter Locations 
  • Community guidelines for Program Management 
  • Community guidelines for Continued Engagement and Centering Equity 

As viable sites are researched, considered, recommended, and ultimately selected for shelter programming, staff will use the Community Guidelines to inform further community engagement activities recommended for each site and the development of programming to ensure the health, safety, and trust of participants and the surrounding community alike.  

To view our Annual Report on program outcomes from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 click here!