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City Council discusses homeless center plan


September 1, 2021

Benny Westcott

Brock Byers, left, and Larry Horton present the sleep center proposal during the Sweet Home City Council meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

By Benny Westcott

Of The New Era

Last winter, an impromptu tent encampment at the Nazarene Church provided shelter to Sweet Home's homeless, a subset of the population that consists of 44 people, according to a count conducted in January of this year by a group primarily made up of Family Assistance and Resource Center (FAC) volunteers.

In an effort to avoid that and offer alternatives to people sleeping on the streets, the Community Health Committee, which includes city staff, community members and City Councilor Lisa Gourley, has been meeting at City Hall over the past few months to devel...

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