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Medford City Council reviews Homeless System Action Plan

The City Council had its first chance to review and provide feedback on a draft of the Homeless System Action Plan at Thursday night's study session.

Posted: Apr 25, 2019 11:14 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2019 11:14 PM

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"watching out blem. emma says, "tonight the findings of more than three months of research was presented to the city complex issue and it doesn't have a single solution. she hopes this action plan will get the city moving in the right direction." homeless all over the country. in january - the city hired lesar to come up with a plan of action. it's called the homeless system action plan and the city council got its first look at it tonight. for months - city staff members and lesar have been digging into what makes medford so vulnerable to homelessness. kuntz says one thing is for sure. "it does lack a lot of resources to address homelessness." at the same time - he says the city has gone through some positive changes over the last year. like the re-building of the continuum of care program designed to fight homelessness. as part of its in-depth research - lesar toured homeless camps, held listening sessions, looked at data, and met with more than 30 organizations across the region. principal planner angela durant says the study shows in order to combat the complex issue - all of those agencies need to work together. "pulling those resources together and collaborating a little bit better in what you could call a funder's collaborative or just a convening of the agencies that have the resources would be very impactful." the study's main goals are to increase affordable housing, funding and leadership. address unsheltered homeless camps. and increase temporary housing programs and prevention strategies. a lot of work that won't happen overnight. but kuntz says it's important to keep in mind - homelessness is an issue that affects the entire community. "these are our people and as a community it's our responsibility to figure it out and take care of them." in medford, emma balkenbush, newswatch 12. [a18]homeless crisis-tag the
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