Douglas County Homeless
MISSION: Our mission is to
work in a collaborative and integrated manner to ensure that every
child and youth has a safe, nurturing environment in which to
thrive. This environment will be free of undue risk, mistreatment
or lack of care and focused on the needs of the individual child or
youth in a manner that makes them part of the solution.
HISTORY: In 2004, The Umpqua Valley
League of Women Voters, the Douglas County Commission on Children
and Families, and the consulting firm Organizational Excellence,
came together to seek a way to address homeless youth issues in
Douglas County. Youth ages twelve to eighteen years were the
targeted group. It was determined that a countywide homeless youth
summit conference would be held in October of 2005. The Douglas
County Homeless Youth Summit was held on October 7, 2005, and was
attended by almost 300 people. The decision to formalize the
Douglas County Homeless Youth Coalition became one of the action
items arising from the summit. We now have members from government,
non-profit and faith based organizations as well as individuals from
In 2006, the Commission on Children & Families contracted with
Oregon State University to evaluate current services for homeless
youth in Douglas County.
Click here for a copy of their evaluation.
Suggestions from the study were:
communication between service providers Ė and -- Common list of
providers (few people knew about UCANís Warmline)
efficient, coordinated help to youth upon first contact -- First
contact is the most critical; however, youth said they have no
contact specifically for them. They are continually being sent
- Include homeless
youth in evaluation and planning of services
the League Of Women
Voters Of Oregon published a report on homeless youth in Oregon.
here for a copy of this report. And, recently, the League
submitted a report to the Governor and Legislature of Oregon's
runaway and homeless youth initiative.
Click here for a copy of this report.
We currently are working on three of our goals for the homeless
A service referral
pamphlet for distribution countywide, an online version and a
printed booklet; we have brought a draft version with us today
The development of a
homeless youth drop-in center facility. Casa de Belen has
donated approximately 1,200 square feet of space. We are now
working to raise the $79,000 needed to renovate the space and
bring it into compliance with building codes.
The creation of an
operational plan for staffing the drop-in center, relying on
donated services from numerous agencies and volunteers.
Our long-term goal is to have the homeless youth project providing
outreach services to homeless youth in all of Douglas County.
The reality of homeless youth in Douglas County is a community
challenge that requires a community based response by all sectors
and members of the community.
|Douglas County Homeless Youth Coalition
Director Douglas County Commission on Children & Families
Address: 1036 SE Douglas, Rm 7 Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 541-957-4622 Fax: 541-957-4648