Homelessness: What Is Our City Planning?


February 25 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library in Corvallis, 645 NW Monroe St.

Free and open to the public. Two separate panel discussions will begin at 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm.

The debate about how to address homelessness in Corvallis continues, but much has changed in the past year. Is there still talk of a so-called downtown mega-shelter, and if not, then what? And is the community seeing the actual scope and majority of homelessness?

These evening forums are an opportunity to learn about what has happened, what is planned — and to be heard. From state, county and city government to local non-profits and concerned neighborhood groups — all will be on hand to present their perspectives and to answer questions.

Panel One: Shelter Services and Community Impacts

Starts at 5:30 pm


  • Gregg Olson, Acting Director of Corvallis Housing First
  • Kari Whitacre, Executive Director of Community Outreach Inc.
  • Catherine Mater, co-sponsor of the Petition to Restrict Location of Homeless Shelters

Panel Two: Governmental Responses

Starts at 6:45 pm


  • Biff Traber, Corvallis Mayor
  • Anne Schuster, Benton County Commissioner
  • Kenny La Pointe, State of Oregon Housing & Community Services

These Corvallis City Club forums are free to the public. No registration is required. Doors will open at 5:15 pm. Both panels will be moderated by City Club of Corvallis President, Steven Schultz. For further information, send email to info@cityclubofcorvallis.org.

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