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BEND, OR -- The Bend City Council spent about an hour discussing the homeless issue at a work session this week. Dealing with homelessness is one of the goals set by the city council last year.  Mayor Sally Russell says they got an update from councilor Bruce Abernethy. She says, "They’ve isolated it in three different tiers. Then they’ll look at what it’s gonna take to change the life of these people….because a lot of our resources are  used to work   with people who have these issues. So as a community we have to look at how to move people out of this space." Russell says the committee is bringing diverse efforts to address homelessness and addiction and the way it plays out in the community. Russell says the committee is to identify exactly what is happening in Bend and what it will take to change the lives of the homeless people. The City Council will hold another Work Session in April to discuss progress being made towards the goal of reducing homelessness. 

 

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