Council supports homeless facility location

Committee recommends City Hall parking lot for temporary shelter


January 19, 2022

Scott Swanson

A lack of tidiness and other problems, such as a tent catching on fire, at the homeless camp in the parking lot of the old City Hall at 1140 12th Ave., above, has motivated city staff and councilors to move forward with plans for a more managed facility.

The Sweet Home City Council voiced unanimous support on Jan. 11 for a "temporary managed homeless outreach and resource facility" being constructed in a fenced-in, paved area behind the back parking lot of City Hall, 3225 Main St.

The facility, which would be enclosed by a privacy fence, would feature 30 8-by-13-foot Conestoga Hut micro-shelters, as well as a mobile shower unit, office space for resources, and lighting.

According to Staff Engineer Joe Graybill's "back of the napkin" estimate, site preparation – construction, a new fence and gates, utilities and new electrical infrastructu...

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