The Joint Office of Homeless Services as the community's Continuum of Care Lead Agency provide these trainings in the spirit of sharing useful information towards best practices. Please know these videos and documents do not necessarily represent out official policy or contract expectations on the topics discussed. CoC grantees and sub-recipients can contact your contract manager for additional details. 

Overall CoC Training 

Our TA firm, Homebase, has a youtube channel full of content relevant to Continuum of Care projects. Please check it out. 

Equal Access 

How to effectively implement the Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (Equal Access Final Rule) and CoC-wide training with providers on how to effectively implement Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs in Accordance with an Individual’s Gender Identity (Gender Identity Final Rule)

Live (virtual) Training: August 11, 2022 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zoom Webinar Link 

Equal Access and Ensuring Families are Not Separated Training Recording .mp4

Equal Access and Not Separating Families Training Slide Deck (4.99 MB)

Ensuring Families are Not Separated 

How the CoC ensures emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing programs do not deny admission or separate family members regardless of each family member’s self-reported gender

Live (virtual) Training: August 11, 2022 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

Zoom Webinar Link

Best Practices for Serving Domestic Violence Survivors 

Covers the complex dynamics of domestic violence, reviews privacy & confidentiality, and trains on safety planning. 

Live (virtual) Training: September 15, 2022 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM 

Zoom Webinar Link 

Best Practices for Serving Domestic Violence Survivors Training Recording

Best Practices for Serving Domestic Violence Survivors Training Slide Deck (2.98 MB) 

Connecting Clients to Mainstream Benefits 

Covers the importance of connecting clients to mainstream benefits, best practices in supporting clients in obtaining and maintaining benefits, as well as an overview of food, medical, cash, childcare, and transportation assistance programs in Oregon. 

Connecting Clients to Mainstream Benefits Slide Deck (650.71 KB) 

Connecting Families to Mainstream Benefits Training Recording

Connecting Families to Mainstream Benefits Training Recording

Provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), this is a free that course trains case workers to assist adults (age 18+) who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder to apply for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The CoC encourages all case managers wo will be assisting with SSI/SSDI applications using the SOAR model. 

More information about the free Oregon SOAR training can be found here: https://soarworks.samhsa.gov/course/soar-online-course-adult-curriculum

Race and Homelessness 

Research Guide on Race and Homelessness provided by the Homelessness Research Action Collaborative at Portland State University.