The Benton County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to include funding for a homelessness services facility in the county’s planned bond measure, which will go before voters in May 2023.

Next month, commissioners expect to begin discussions about finalizing the bond measure of up to $100 million.

Justice System Improvement Program Manager Nick Kurth presented the board at the Nov. 14 meeting with a set of criteria for inclusion in the bond measure as well as five possible funding scenarios. The board voted unanimously in support of including funding for homelessness services facilities with a preferred partner option of the Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center’s homelessness resources and housing navigation center project.

CDDC staff and guests have been working on a plan to scale up the current drop-in center as well as add a respite/emergency shelter component to the facility.

“The Drop-in Center is eager for this opportunity to increase support for some of the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Allison Hobgood, CDDC’s executive director. “This expansion project opens up the possibility for new and powerful collaborations across public private partnerships. It also means forwarding a vision for CDDC growth that is being voiced by the guests we serve.”

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