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The numbers of homelessness are up in Central Oregon. Wednesday, the Homeless Leadership Coalition released the numbers from a one day count taken January 27th.   On that day, 2200 individuals stated they were homeless. “But the numbers that hit hard for me this year when I took a look at the data in front of me is that we nearly hit 50% for the number of kids that are homeless in our region.” Rachel Baker is a staff attorney for Legal Aid. She says that is the highest it's ever been.    Baker was disappointed that number of disabled and elderly homeless continue to be high.  One out of five homless families are living in cars or tents which is also a significant increase over last year because they can't afford rent.   The number of homeless veterans is also up. Last year it was around 80, this year it was more than a hundred.   Service providers say they need to find new ways to work together and find resources. The amount of money available for housing assistance has decreased.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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