Basic needs such as food, shelter, transportation, and access to healthcare and crisis services are just a few of many critical needs that are part of safety net services.
These services are in place to “catch” individuals if they fall on hard times and help them bounce back.
After the height of the pandemic, the Linn County Continuum of Care reported the largest population of individuals experiencing homelessness. Our community has also seen an increase in short-term crises. Nearly 70,000 crisis line calls were received in 2021 alone. These burdens are heaviest on people of color, as well as families and individuals with very low incomes.