The Mayors Of Bend And Sisters Are Among 25 Offering A $123.5 Million Annual Plan To Combat Homelessness

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.

Bend And Sisters Are Among 25 Offering A $123.5 Million
Bend And Sisters Are Among 25 Offering A $123.5 Million

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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