Marion County commissioners consider funding behavioral health housing


The Marion County Board of Commissioners is meeting Wednesday to consider accepting state funding for housing assistance and residential treatment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


The $6.31 million contract with the Oregon Health Authority would include the purchase and operation of a home for an accredited residential behavioral health program, and would run through June 2023, according to the point to the agenda.

It would also include funding for a housing assistance program, hotel vouchers for short-term shelter, and hiring new staff, such as a full-time behavioral health nurse to help older residents.

Commissioners will also consider accepting approximately $1.45 million in federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant program, awarded to local and state governments for programs that provide services such as housing assistance. and social services.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved funding for the Boys & Girls Club and Soaring Heights Recovery Homes, as well as disaster recovery and administrative costs, the agenda item says.

Council will consider accepting an additional $639,000 from the ministry for affordable housing, which would include funding from Habitat for Humanity Mid-Willamette Valley as well as down payment assistance.

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the senator’s hearing room at 555 Court Street NE. Anyone can register to give public feedback in person at the meeting. The meeting is broadcast live on YouTube.

Contact journalist Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has been covering criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning surveillance journalism spanned the state. He has reported for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.


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