City Club Town Hall Focuses on Homeless

On Tuesday, July 25 the City Club of Corvallis is hosting a homeless Town Hall double feature with members of city and county government as well as homeless shelter directors. The panelists will discuss the closure of both an emergency men’s cold weather shelter and an emergency family shelter. Other topics include a forecast of what these shelter closures will look like for the community and recommendations as to how we might proceed.

Speaking at the first panel will be Community Outreach Inc. Executive Director Kari Whitacre and Corvallis Housing First Board President Brad Smith. Both of these organizations have worked hard to support our community and both have had to close shelters recently.

The second panel will include Corvallis Mayor Biff Traber, Benton County Commissioner Anne Schuster, and Housing Opportunities Action Council (HOAC) Project Manager Shawn Collins. Representing our local government, this group will likely present a different perspective on the issues at hand.

City Club President and Corvallis Advocate Executive Editor Steven Shultz will moderate the panel discussion for the third year. Shultz commented, “In my years tracking these issues, I’ve not seen so many setbacks, even as everyone at all levels is working diligently to problem solve.”

This will be a Town Hall to remember. If you are interested or have a vested interest in the homeless community and loss of shelters for the coming season, drop by this free public event.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m., start time is 7:00 p.m. and the meeting is scheduled to adjourn at 8:45 p.m. The Corvallis branch of the Benton County Library is located at 645 NW Monroe Avenue.

By Anthony Vitale