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Exclusion talk attracts attention, feedback from homeless advocates


November 6, 2019

DIANE NILAN interviews Shirley Byrd of the Family Assistance and Resource Center in the Safeway parking lot recently.

When she heard about Sweet Home's proposed exclusion ordinance, Diane D. Nilan decided to stop in Sweet Home to talk to local homeless advocates, a street outreach team, and take a look at the local homeless situation.

Nilan has been traveling cross country, between Newport and Boston, Mass., and along Interstate 20, from Texas to Georgia documenting the lives of the homeless and their communities with Hear Us, a nonprofit dedicated to giving a voice and visibility to homeless children and families, a project called 2020 VisionQuest.

Along the way, she has been interviewing families and y...

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