Virtual Community Information Session 

A Community Information Summit about homelessness and housing initiatives in rural Polk County was held online on Tuesday 9/19 from 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Speakers from local service providers shared information about programs including:

  • Polk County Family & Community Outreach: Prevention & Outreach by Ryan Pollard
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency: ARCHES by Breezy Poynor
  • Polk County School Based Mental Health Supervisor by Megan Siefried
  • Polk County Family & Community Outreach: Resource Centers by Abby Warren
  • Polk Warming Centers by Matt Smucker
  • Gale’s Lodge by Eric Enderle
  • Ediger Hall by Abby Warren for Dallas Alliance Church
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency: HOME Youth Services by Megan Perez
  • Church @ the Park by DJ Vincent
  • Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde by Ryan Pollard and Anne Falla
  • Salem Housing Authority by Sara Quick
  • Polk Community Development Corporation (CDC) by Kimberly Lyell

After the speakers shared their presentations, there was a Q&A session. Participants submitted questions through the zoom webinar platform. The speakers and moderators replied in the Q&A chat tool. Many questions were read aloud so speakers could comment in a panel discussion format.  

All the speakers have provided their emails and welcome folks to reach out with comments or questions directly to them. Their organizations, names and emails can be found below:

PowerPoint Slides

Video Recording

This Community Information Summit was sponsored by PATHS (Partners Aligned Toward Housing Solutions), an advisory board that was established in rural Polk County in 2022 to coordinate and strengthen the local homeless response. Participating local governments and organizations include Polk County, the Cities of Dallas, Falls City, Independence, Monmouth, Willamina, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency.

Many thanks to all speakers and community members who participated!

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