Guest Column

Dear Gov. Kotek,

Thank you for the attention your recent homeless emergency declaration is bringing to the crisis we face in Central Oregon. I am hopeful that, with homelessness a central focus of your legislative agenda, we can bring increased services, shelter and affordable housing to our region. Unfortunately, in Redmond, planned removals of people experiencing homelessness will worsen our crisis before those benefits can materialize.

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James Cook lives in Redmond.

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