By Sarah Owens and Michael Livingston
|12/5/19 "Stakeholders" vote 'Yes' to leaving ROCC|
Jimmy Jones, Director of the Mid-Willamette Community Action Agency, calls the decision a "generational change." That's his way of trying to limit expectations, of letting people know that, although "actual" change will be slow in coming, there is reason to hope it will, eventually, turn out to have been significant. Like getting elected or married, it's all about how one handles what comes next.
|MWVHA Staff Jan Calvin arranges 'Yes' photo|
The past ten years have cost the region's homeless housing and services so dearly that the region will probably never catch up. But, we might at least stop falling further and further behind. If nothing else, the re-formation effort has brought City, county and tribal officials together in common cause, and means the region will finally have access to local homeless management information system and performance data, which is something it's never really had, even though the information existed.
You can find more information, including formation documents, at the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance's website, here.