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The Board of Directors of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments is proud to present a series of Convening Sessions. These convening sessions are subject specific and are intended to enable the elected officials of the member govern­ments to jointly identify issues and needs that are regional in scope; achieve concurrence for cooperative actions; plan and recommend governmen­tal action in areas of intergov­ernmental concern such as health, safety, welfare, and growth. (MWVCOG 190 Agreement)


Homelessness is something that affects every municipality in the country, urban and rural alike. In an effort to understand how to best help, the founders of the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance (MWVHA) found a need for an organization to help coordinate the individual efforts in our communities, and to find ways to encourage the filling of gaps in the system. Today, MWVHA is a local Continuum of Care organization that has as their mission: to develop an evidence-based system of services, including stable housing, designed to meet the unique and complex needs of adults, youth, children, and families in Marion and Polk counties who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness.

On September 21st, Janet Carlson, Board Administrator for the Mid-Willamette Homeless Alliance (MWVHA), gave a presentation on the work done by the MWVHA over the past couple of years.

For more details on the MWVHA, please see their webpage: MWV Homeless Alliance


The October Convening on Housing will be in a panel format, with panelists representing an array of points of view. This Convening will take place on Thursday, October 28th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and will require pre-registration. There will be no registration fee. While we would prefer to have this Convening in person with a streaming option, we may need to have it entirely online.