MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford Police Department’s Livability Team has worked for the past several months to ensure that homeless people living along the Bear Creek Greenway have access to the resources they need.
Officer R.J. Josephson works on the Livability Team and introduced Newswatch 12 to Tahra Haner who was once reluctant to accept support from MPD.
Since her encampment flooded along the greenway weeks ago, Tahra decided to accept help, join the Recovery Café in downtown Medford, and is now 35 days sober.
Haner was also accepted as a resident at the Oxford House and said the people who she’s met have helped her to reclaim her life.
Officers working along the greenway say there is still a lot of clean-up that must be done to keep the greenway safe for the community.
Apart of keeping it safe involves offering resources to homeless people and transporting them to where they would like to go, officers hoping the location will provide living support.
Josephson says, though he never imagined doing outreach like this, he is happy to connect homeless people with the resources they need to get back on their feet.