Talking About Housing

By Ygal Kaufman

City Club LogoThis coming Tuesday, Nov. 18, Corvallis will host two different talks about the housing issue which is ever on the top of all our minds. Both are open to the public and both offer valuable and differing perspectives. 

First up is a City Club-hosted talk at the Majestic, featuring a panel of locals with interest or influence in the homeless shelter debates. Gina Vee from Corvallis Housing First, Kari Whitacre from Community Outreach, Sara Power from Room at the Inn, and Ann Craig from Jackson Street Youth Shelter will be joined by the Advocate’s own Bethany Carlson for a talk about what our local shelters currently offer the community and what their future plans are. Anyone who has read this paper in the last three months knows this issue has been hotly debated around the city.

After that talk concludes, attendees will have just enough time to scurry over to the public library on Monroe for a very different type of housing talk. Hosted by the League of Women Voters, along with co-sponsor the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, will be a talk about housing options for low- and medium-income Corvallis residents. Most people are keenly aware of the housing shortages in Corvallis, and here we have a chance to listen to some potential solutions.

The panel members for this talk will include Ken Gibb of Corvallis Community Development, Sue Long with Willamette Association of Realtors, John Miller with Oregon Opportunity Network, and Jim Moorefield of Willamette Neighborhood Housing. The talk will be moderated by Karyle Butcher of the League of Women Voters.

Whether you can make it to one or both of these talks, they represent a great opportunity to get active in one of Corvallis’ most pressing issues.

The City Club talk on homeless options is at the Majestic Theatre from 5 to 6:45 p.m. The League of Women Voters talk on housing options is at the Corvallis Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Avenue, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Both talks are on Tuesday, Nov. 18 and are free and open to the public. 

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