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Housing Integrators

Housing Integrators work with local partners to drive innovation. Specifically, toward anti-poverty, affordable housing and homelessness outcomes. Local partners include:
  • Non-profits
  • Government agencies
  • Private sector organizations
  • Philanthropy
They advise and implement key OHCS policy areas. Integrators have different priority focus areas and work to align systems. 

This reference guide provides information on what the integrators are working on. It also identifies who is the best person to contact at OHCS for a project and initiative.

OHCS integrators are:

Chelsea BunchPhoto: Integrator - Chelsea Bunch

Work cell: (503) 383-6245

Chelsea is the “kids and family” Integrator and works on projects and initiatives that serve children and families. Chelsea spent almost nine years working DHS Child Welfare in both Clackamas and Multnomah counties. She also worked as a program manager for a local non-profit serving children and families, Self Enhancement, Inc. Chelsea most recently worked with United Way of the Columbia Willamette. She managed a cohort of 30 organizations working to alleviate poverty. The cohort serves the four-county region:
  • Multnomah
  • Clackamas
  • Washington
  • Clark County in Washington
Here a couple of projects/initiatives Chelsea is involved in:

Facilitator for the Agriculture Workforce Housing Facilitation Team (AWHFT)

The Agriculture Workforce Housing Facilitation Team (AWHFT) meets regularly to discuss current issues around agricultural workforce housing, resources available for developing agricultural workforce housing, and how to address the needs of agricultural workers in Oregon.

By Oregon statute, OHCS's role is to help facilitate, create a forum, and provide a place for the team to meet and discuss issues affecting agricultural workers in Oregon.

Governor’s Children’s Cabinet

Governor Kate Brown convened the Children’s Cabinet in 2017 to create pathways toward prosperity for our children and families living in poverty. The Cabinet is made up of leading experts in health, housing, human services, early learning, and education from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The Cabinet is working to develop a set of policy recommendations to address root causes of family instability and poverty. These are two primary causes of children entering foster care and the Oregon Youth Authority. The Cabinet also supported the development of Oregon’s first cross-sector early learning plan, Raise Up Oregon. This plan will identify strategies to support children and families during the first five years of a child’s life.

Connor McDonnellPhoto: Integrator - Connor McConnell

Work cell: (503) 510-1678

Conner is the 'reducing homelessness' Integrator and works on projects and initiatives in this arena. He directly served people experiencing homelessness in housing case management. He worked with local governments, elected officials and most recently in the local HUD Field Office. Please contact him on any and all things that involve homelessness.

Here are a few projects and initiatives he works with:

Permanent Supportive Housing & Homelessness

  • Serves as Lead on ‘Rural Oregon Peer Network for Supportive Housing.’ He serves one-year with twelve project partners. These partners are developers and supportive service providers.
  • Co-lead on ‘Oregon Statewide Shelter Study’ to better understand shelters across Oregon.
  • Working on homelessness preferences for affordable housing in MultCo and generally at OHCS.
  • Serves as a liaison to:
    • Oregon Health Authority
    • Fairview Trust
    • Governor’s Re-entry Council
    • Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCCs)
    • Various local homeless/affordable housing initiatives in Lincoln and Douglas Counties
    • MultCo
    • Statewide Supportive Housing Strategy Workgroup lead
    • Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission

Gus BedwellPhoto: Integrator - Gus Bedwell

Work cell: (971) 718-7222

Gus is the ‘Veteran’s Housing’ Integrator. He works on projects, initiatives, and legislation that create strategies to address Veterans experiencing homelessness. Gus is an Army Veteran who rose to the rank of Non-Commissioned Officer (Sergeant) during his six-year enlistment. Over the last 18 years, he has worked across five agencies advocating for Veterans and their families. Specifically, in the areas of employment, education, VA claims, and cultural awareness. Please contact him on any and all things related to Veterans. 

Here are a few projects and initiatives he works with: 
  • Assist agencies/organizations within Oregon’s rural communities. 
  • Evaluate ways to work collectively to address Veterans experiencing homelessness. Increase their Affordable Housing stock. 
  • Network with federal, state, and local government policy makers to drive conversations around supporting, updating, and navigating policies that affect local level services for Veterans.  
  • Convene small groups of agencies to identify gaps, resources, opportunities to learn. Then use that information to develop an infrastructure of collaboration moving forward.
  • Engage and energize elected officials to participate and drive current work and future developments.
  • Work with partners, internally and externally to annually host the ODVA/OHCS Veterans Convenings. 

Photo: Integrator - Kim TravisKim Travis

Work cell: (503) 428-3843

Kim works with Regional Solutions teams statewide to collaborate with other state agencies on opportunities related to economic development and land use.  Kim is the OHCS Tribal Liaison, working with Oregon’s 9 Federally Recognized Tribes, and the Legislative Commission on Indian Services Senate Bill 770 Clusters.  Kim works with agencies and communities to integrate and align resources for improved housing outcomes. Prior to her role at OHCS, Kim worked at Oregon Solutions for ten years. There she facilitated a variety of local projects throughout Oregon, including Pendleton Housing Solutions and Boardman Workforce Housing and Community Development. 

Here are the current efforts Kim leads:

  • Regional Solutions Workforce Housing Initiative
    • Assist 5 Pilot Communities in Oregon to engage with Employers for creative solutions.
  • Tribal Liaison
    • Engage with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes.
    • Attend Health and Human Services, and Economic and Communities Services Cluster meetings.
  • Partner with League of Oregon Cities and Association of Oregon Counties
    • Share information about local issues and opportunities.
    • Seek strategies to build capacity and provide technical assistance.

For more information, contact:
Public Affairs
Phone: 503-986-2000

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