City Homeless Town Hall, Feb. 25

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homeless-man-face-featured-w740x493Seeking clarity over city plans to help the homeless among us? City Club of Corvallis has assembled key players from every sector for an evening community forum that promises a chance to get the latest information and also to be heard.

Advocates, professionals, and community groups have been scrambling for months over changing plans for the downtown shelter and there are rumblings of county and city governments working together to determine best approaches and coordinate efforts. In other words, quite a bit has changed lately with respect to local efforts at helping the homeless.

Gosh, if only someone would get a bunch of the key players together for a little town hall-type of evening about all this. So, that’s pretty much what City Club of Corvallis is doing on Thursday, Feb. 25; it’s a free-to-the-public question and answer session.

The first panel starts at 5:30 p.m. It’s titled “Shelter Services and Community Impacts.” Speakers include Gregg Olson, acting director of Corvallis Housing First; Kari Whitacre, executive director of Community Outreach Inc.; and Catherine Mater, co-sponsor of the Petition to Restrict Location of Homeless Shelters.

The second panel is titled “Government Responses” and it starts at 6:45 p.m. Speakers for this portion will be Mayor Biff Traber, Benton County Commissioner Anne Schuster, and Kenny La Pointe of Oregon Housing & Community Services.

The meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 25 in the main conference room at the library’s Corvallis branch. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Last panel ends at
6:45 p.m. Attendance is free to all. For further information, contact

By Rob Goffins

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