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While the epidemic of homelessness can be viewed on a regional or national scale, it comes down to our shared community to offer on-the-ground assistance. We do not need to wait for Salem or DC to take action — our unhoused are local community members, and it’s time we put our heads together to find solutions for those in need.

Our next CitySpeak will bring together local leaders for two panel discussions assessing current challenges and future opportunities. Slated for Thursday, October 3 at the Corvallis-Benton Library, the evening runs from 6:30 to 8:30. As with all CitySpeak events, attendance is free. Quite a bit of time has been reserved for audience comments and questions.

Panelists include:

  • Mayor Biff Traber
  • County Commissioner Xan Augerot
  • Director of Benton County Mental Health,, Danielle Brown
  • Community Outreach Inc. Executive Director, Kari Whitacre
  • Room at the Inn Manager, Sarah Power
  • Rev. Jill McAllister from the Corvallis Unitarian Universalist Fellowship that offers the Corvallis Emergency Cold Weather Shelter for Men
  • Rev. Jennifer Butler from Corvallis First Congregational UCC, a local church that started the Safe Camp program

A small amount of time will be spent on the current map of local services, but the evening will quickly move to opportunities to reduce local homelessness in the future.

The evening is co-sponsored by the City Club of Corvallis and The Corvallis Advocate.

The Corvallis-Benton County Library is located at 645 NW Monroe Ave. Plan to arrive a few minutes early. Questions and comments are highly encouraged.

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