City of Bend clears homeless camps near Second Street (copy)

The city of Bend began to remove homeless camps on Second Street in Bend on Oct. 25.   

Both houses of the Oregon Legislature will get their chance to decide on the $200 million that Gov. Tina Kotek seeks to help unhoused people and avert further homelessness.

The Legislature’s joint budget committee voted Friday to clear both bills, which will come up first in the House and then in the Senate in the coming week. The package represents the first test for Kotek, who took office just two months ago.

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The 30 acres at Cooley and Hwy 97 would be a good option for a managed site. It used to be a campground and could be easily set up for safe parking, camping, kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, and mail. I sent a letter to County Commissioners two years ago about this same property. DeBone said it was sold, but two years later the for sale sign still stands. Plant some trees. Hire a manager. Quit kicking the can down the road. The issue is not going away by people denying other sites.

Long and Variable

Funding directly to the counties is a mistake. Particularly Deschutes, Clackamas, Lane, and Marion.

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