An Oregon Mayors Association task force comprised of 25 mayors, including the mayors of Bend and Sisters, submitted a letter to Oregon’s three gubernatorial candidates and the Legislature on Friday, outlining a plan that they believe would successfully address the current statewide homelessness crisis. The mayors of Bend and Sisters were among those who participated in the task force.
The concept calls for the state of Oregon and the state’s 241 incorporated communities to form a partnership in order to offer comprehensive funding for local homelessness response and prevention programmes. In order to do this, direct contributions of a total of $123,575,800 each year would need to be made to each incorporated community in Oregon.
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In addition to direct contributions to an annual Director of Communications for the OMAbasis, coordinated investments in capital construction for particular projects including shelters and transitional housing across the state would also be required.
In May, a task committee made up of 25 mayors from different cities and towns around the state was established with the purpose of formulating a solution to homelessness that would assist all communities in the state, regardless of their size or location, in addressing the problem.
Kevin Toon, , stated that a more official version of the proposal will be finalised early the next week. He explained that the annual number was arrived at by taking into account the demographics of the cities as well as the requirements of the communities in terms of preventing and resolving homelessness.
The task force is made up of the following mayors:
Jeff Gowing, Cottage Grove; OMA President Teri Lenahan, North Plains; OMA President-Elect
Julie Akins, Ashland Lacy Beaty, Beaverton
Gena Goodman-Campbell, Bend Meadow Martell, Cave Junction
Beth Wytoski, Dayton Jim Trett, Detroit
Lucy Vinis, Eugene Carol MacInnes, Fossil
Travis Stovall, Gresham Dave Drotzmann, Hermiston
Steve Callaway, Hillsboro Kate McBride, Hood River
Carol Westfall, Klamath Falls Ray Turner, Lakeview
Randy Sparacino, Medford Jessica Engelke, North Bend
Ted Wheeler, Portland Michael Preedin, Sisters
Richard Mays, The Dalles Jason Snider, Tigard
Rod Cross, Toledo Tom Vialpando, Vale
Henry Balensifer III, Warrenton
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Information about the Oregon Mayors Association
The OMA’s goals are to improve the knowledge and abilities of Oregon’s mayors and to mobilise a powerful, coordinated effort to influence state policies and legislation. The Oregon Metropolitan Association is a member of the League of Oregon Cities.
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