REDMOND, OR -- Redmond City Councilors discussed, Tuesday night, whether they should consider a permanent homeless shelter. Last winter, four churches provided temporary shelters on a rotating basis, from November through April, when temperatures dropped below 30-degrees.
John Lodise, with the Shepherd's House, helped coordinate that effort and says it's time to look into possibly finding something permanent. "I think there is a really need for it, and I think there are a lot of ways we could help people if we had a shelter to work from and a place that people knew they could come to and depend on. But, of course, there are going to be challenges to it that have to be looked at, realistically."
Lodise also admits the city and the shelter are just exploring all options, for now. "What we're going to want to hear about is what are the expectations that we'd have to meet. If we're to be involved in a permanent shelter, what would the city expect of us in terms of maintaining and operating it, that might be different from just doing it as a temporary shelter." He expects nothing will change in the next year, with rotating shelters returning next winter.
Redmond Mayor George Endicott tells KBND News City Councilors, the Shepherd's House, members of the faith community and the public will hold work sessions to discuss the possibilities, in the coming months.