Deschutes County officials are moving forward with plans for a coordinated, county-wide homeless response system. Bend Mayor Sally Russell tells KBND News the effort takes a big step later today (FRI) with the draft of an intergovernmental agreement. "The Bend City Council and Deschutes Commission will be meeting. We’ll be discussing a collaborative homeless – how do I say – office? For all of Deschutes County. And, I know we have many partners in different cities throughout Deschutes County who have expressed strong support for this." Funding for the project comes from H-B 41-23, passed earlier this year by the Legislature. Russell says the goal is to develop support services to help provide stability to those struggling with houselessness and possibly keep people from becoming homeless.Today’s meeting starts at 10 and can be live-streamed on the county’s website.