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Chief: Homeless camp to be closed in March as other options are considered


February 10, 2021

THE HOMELESS CAMP at the Church of the Nazarene is slated to be moved to another, undetermined, location.

The last day the homeless encampment at the Church of Nazarene will potentially be open is March 31, Sweet Home Chief of Police Jeff Lynn said last week.

"If March is a beautiful month, we could do this earlier too," Lynn said. "If March is 70 degrees all the way through, there's no need for it. This really was designed as an emergency cold weather shelter."

He noted issues that have arisen at the shelter.

"It's been a mess. Our calls for service are increasing dramatically, especially since December. I don't think it's a healthy place for anybody down there right now. Even the homeless th...

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