Lincoln County is participating in a statewide effort to collect 20,000 socks to raise awareness about Oregon’s homeless crisis.
The 20,000 socks represent the 20,000 students and tens of thousands of others who experienced homelessness last year. The socks will be piled on the Oregon State Capitol steps on March 11, which is the Oregon Housing Alliance’s Housing Opportunity Day. Afterwards, the socks will be donated to homeless services locally and around the state.
Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall is a Samaritan House board member and has been active in the Housing Alliance for several years. He said, “I can’t think of a better way to visibly demonstrate the reality of student homelessness to Oregon lawmakers, as well as doing something practical to address a need.”
Housing advocates are hoping to convince legislators to allocate $20 million in funding to the Emergency Housing Account and the State Homeless Assistance Program. EHA provides rental assistance funds to those experiencing homelessness or those on the brink of homelessness. SHAP provides funds for homeless shelters.
“Socks are the most requested item at homeless shelters across the state. Gathering 20,000 pairs of socks on the capitol steps will be a striking and poignant reminder of the kids, parents and individuals who experience homelessness in Oregon communities,” said Oregon Housing Alliance Policy Manager Omar Carrillo.
Citizens can drop off socks until March 6 at
* Payne West Insurance, 811 North Coast Highway,
* Newport and Samaritan House Family Homeless Shelter, 715 Southwest Bay Street
* They can also purchase socks online and have them shipped to Neighborhood Partnerships, the statewide convener of the Housing Alliance.
More information can be found at www.OregonHousingAlliance.org/socks
The Oregon Housing Alliance brings together advocates, local governments, housing authorities, community development corporations, environmentalists, service providers, business interests and all others dedicated to increasing the resources available to meet the state’s housing needs to support a common statewide legislative and policy agenda.