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Homelessness -- Government policy -- Oregon, Homeless persons -- Housing -- Oregon, Low-income housing -- Oregon, Housing policy -- Oregon -- Planning


Caritas Housing of Oregon develops affordable housing for persons experiencing homelessness across the state. In January 2020, staff reached out to students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program seeking planning assistance. Caritas wanted help planning for the needs of future residents and navigating what is frequently an emotionally-fraught and politically-charged development process. Upstream Planning worked with Caritas Housing to create resident-informed development criteria and design a framework for public communication. The Upstream Planning team created two documents, Development Criteria Guide and Public Communication Guide, that work towards the singular goal of helping Caritas develop permanent supportive housing that equitably promotes the health and well-being of residents.


Report prepared for Carnitas Housing of Oregon by Upstream Planning: Julianne Reno, Ryan Dyar, N. Janine Gates, Joshua Ollinger.

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