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Published on April 17, 2024
Joint Office of Homeless Services on Track to Exceed Fiscal Year 2024 Spending GoalsSource: Multnomah County

In an efficient display of fiscal management, the Joint Office of Homeless Services has reportedly spent over half of its allocated budget for the fiscal year 2024 and is poised to surpass the spending goals set in collaboration with Metro. Details surfaced in a briefing to the Board of County Commissioners yesterday, where the Joint Office revealed that $91 million of the $170 million budget had been utilized through March 2024, a significant increase over the previous fiscal year's total expenditures.

With the bulk of the spending, amounting to 87%, Directly ending up in the hands of contracted service providers, the Joint Office's focus remains firmly on enhancing shelter availability, outreach initiatives, permanent supportive housing, and short-term housing assistance. This push comes at a time when such expenditures tend to ratchet up even further as the fiscal year draws to a close.

According to a presentation obtained by Multnomah County's news, the department's efficient spending strategy and the consistent flow of funds toward service providers have been pivotal in advancing the objectives established under the Supportive Housing Services Measure. The department's efforts concretely aid those in desperate need of housing services in the local community.

With the Joint Office on a steadfast path to exceed its spending goals, Metro and the Board of County Commissioners appear confident that the fiscal responsibility and strategic allocation of funds will yield tangible benefits. While ramping up efforts and resources during the crucial fourth quarter, the efficacy of the Joint Office's spending will truly be put to the test, with a significant portion of the budget still earmarked for deployment.