Spring 2016 | Volume 10, Issue 1
Current Caseload Assignments
About every two years, the Department of Housing Services switches caseload assignments. Current assignments are listed on our contact page.
Open Doors Housing Solutions Workshop Survey
You can participate in a graduate student project to improve future housing development!
Open Doors Housing Solutions is a Portland State University graduate student group. They are working on a project that will recommend how affordable housing could be developed to better serve Washington County households and families.
If you'd like to take a survey about how your housing works for you, and what kinds of things you might like to see in future housing, click here to take the survey.
Responses to the survey are requested by April 30! Thanks for your help!
Spring Forward With Safety!
Spring is a great time to review your family's safety goals, check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and update your emergency plan! The National Safety Council has some Spring Forward With Safety tips, including a spring safety checklist.
If you're getting ready to do some spring cleaning, visit the Oregon Metro Healthy Homes page for information and tips on less-toxic options for cleaning and pest control, or download the Hazardless Home Handbook!
Spring Safety Check-Up
As the weather gets better and people head outside for fun, keep these tips in mind to make sure everyone has a safe and fun outdoor adventure!
1. Do a helmet check. Oregon law requires all youth under age 16 to wear a bicycle helmet. Oregon Department of Transportation recommends checking and adjusting the helmet's fit before each ride. For 7 steps to a perfectly fitted bicycle helmet, see the ODOT guide.
2. Protect skin from the sun. Just because the sun isn't at its brightest in the spring, it's still a good idea to protect skin from UV rays. For information on finding a good sunscreen for you and your family, visit the American Academy of Dermatology Sunscreen FAQs.
3. Stay hydrated. When engaging in outdoor activities, it's important to stay hydrated. Experts at Harvard University recommend drinking water when thirsty and avoiding sports drinks, which can add unneeded calories and sugar. Some sports drinks contain the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar!
Inside the home
1. Test your smoke alarm(s). The National Safety Council recommends checking the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms when you change your clocks.
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