KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. --- The housing project is called “Project Homefront” and it will eventually be used to support people who are released from halfway houses.
“This will allow the department of community corrections to have available housing with the different contracts that I have in place. One in nine people in supervision. So, justice involved individuals in Klamath County will have access to transitional housing,” said Aaron Hartman with Klamath County Community Corrections.
The project will also eventually house those displaced by future and current wildfires.
The money all comes from Project Turnkey, after was awarded more than a million dollars from the Oregon Community Foundation.
“The reality is we can't always be prepared for everything, but we need to be prepared the best that we can. So, in my mind, this helps, alleviate some of the stress in an emergency by having a facility that is already operated by the County available to be utilized in an emergency,” said Kelly Minty Morris, who is the Chair for the Board of Commissioners for Klamath County.
Project Homefront will transform Oregon 8 hotel and RV Park, which is 29-unit motel along Highway 97. All rooms have outside facing entries with several of the rooms have kitchenettes.
“The whole intention behind Project Homefront is to help the County respond to various emergency needs as they arise,” Minty Morris added.
Once approved, Klamath County hopes to have the project up and running by the middle of June.