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Congressman DeFazio, State Representative Rayfield Tour the Third Street Commons Permanent Supportive Housing Project

Sep 2, 2021
Press Release

Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04), State Representative Dan Rayfield and Corvallis City Council President Hyatt Lytle today toured the Permanent Supportive Housing Project at the Third Street Commons.

“The Third Street Commons is meeting an urgent need in our community. There are over 800 individuals experiencing houselessness in Benton County and they are in desperate need of solutions,” said Rep. DeFazio. “I applaud Corvallis Housing First for their work on this project, and I’m proud to have secured $3 million in this year’s House-passed funding bill to support it. The Third Street Commons will soon provide permanent supportive housing for dozens of individuals experiencing houselessness in Corvallis.”

“I am excited that we were able to partner with Corvallis Housing First and invest $5 million of state lottery bonds in their effort to expand shelter options for our houseless population,” said Rayfield. “The Third Street Commons is an innovative approach to filling a critical need in our community and increasing our supply of permanent supportive housing. I look forward to seeing this project progress and continuing to support the expansion of housing opportunities.”

“Third Street Commons is a testament to the power of partnerships in the Corvallis community, and I am grateful for the continued funding from our Congressional delegation that has enabled the most recent expansion,” said Corvallis Mayor Biff Traber. “As our community emerges from the pandemic and continues to build partnerships to support people experiencing houselessness, Third Street Commons has a bright future ahead.”

Using the federal and state funds that Congressman DeFazio and Representative Rayfield secured, Third Street Commons new Permanent Supportive Housing project will serve those who have experienced homelessness. Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services to address the needs of chronically homeless people. The services are designed to build independent living and tenancy skills and connect people with community-based health care, treatment, and employment services. People experiencing homelessness who will stay at this site will be chosen based on need for supported housing.