Second homeless meeting in Keizer on March 29

The new Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative needed a new home. The first meeting of the task force last month was held in a meeting room at the Salem Public Library, but a crowd of more than 100 people filled the room beyond capacity. As such, the second meeting will be held next Tuesday, March 29 in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center, located at 930 Chemawa Road NE. The public meeting is scheduled to go from 4 to 6 p.m. Future meetings will also be held at the location. “We were so pleased by the overwhelming response to our first meeting,” said Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark, one of the task force co-chairs. “Clearly our broader community cares deeply, as we do, about connecting people with critical services and, of course, housing resources.” Task force agenda items include presentations and discussion regarding affordable housing and strategic planning. Time is also set aside for public comment. Written feedback may be submitted in advance to hparekh@co.marion.or.us by noon on March 29. The Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative has launched a website to share information and chronicle task force progress. The website features meeting dates, agendas and minutes, meeting materials, key documents, news articles, as well as related links and staff contact information. The address is homelesstaskforce.net. “We are excited to offer a website where people can quickly find information about the task force,” said Marion...

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