Continuum of Care Training Opportunities

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.

Portland State University’s Homelessness Research Action Collaborative (HRAC), provides a guide with resources and information regarding both local and national trends, issues, and debates in homelessness research.

Fair Housing Council of Oregon provides free online courses designed specifically to support providers, renters, landlords & property managers, homebuyers, and advocates understand Fair Housing laws

Fair Housing for Advocates

Fair Housing for Advocates 

  • Fair housing basics & Recognizing common forms of discrimination
  • Protections based on family & disability status
  • Disparate impact and common forms of discrimination including HUD’s guidance on screening for criminal history
  • Protections for people using a Section 8 Voucher/Housing

Fair Housing Basics

Fair Housing Basics

  • Definition of Fair Housing
  • Learn who is protected under federal, state, and local fair housing laws
  • Learn tor recognize red flags of housing discrimination
  • Learn how to contact the Fair Housing Council of OR

Equal Access to Housing

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)

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)

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

Connecting Families to Mainstream Benefits Training Recording

Provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), this is a free course that trains case workers to assist adults in applying for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The CoC strongly encourages all case managers who assist participants with SSI/SSDI applications use the SOAR model.

More information about the free Oregon SOAR training can be found here: