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Homeless Town Hall Highlights Strategies to Address a Growing Problem

Deschutes County’s homeless population has now reached more than 15-hundred people. During last night’s second town hall meeting on homelessness at Caldera High, about 130 people showed up to hear about strategies to fight the homeless problem, as well as hear about changes to shelter codes. The town hall was hosted by Bend Neighborhood Associations and Bend Cares. Guest speaker Alan Evans of “Helping hands Re-Entry Outreach Center” talked about the problem from a personal perspective having suffered houselessness and trauma as a child. Questions were posed to a panel that included County Commissioner Patti Adair, Police Chief Mike Krantz, Bend City Council member Megan Perkins and Evans. Perkins talked of the need to respond to the crisis as a community as a whole. Responding to a question about shelter security in residential areas, Bend City Police Chief Mike Krantz said security is the responsibility of the shelter itself in concurrence with any good neighbor agreements.




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