Meet the face of the FAC

Nonprofit founder reflects on homelessness – including her own


April 20, 2022

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Shirley Byrd, right, is interviewed in 2019 in Sweet Home by Diane Nilan, who was documenting the local homeless situation in communities across the nation.

On April 5, Linn County gave roughly three acres of the former Willamette Industries mill property in Sweet Home to the Lebanon-based Family Assistance and Resource Center (FAC).

The nonprofit plans to construct a "community outreach and resource center" for homeless people at the site, located east of Bi-Mart.

While this is the group's first foray into establishing and running a shelter, it's been working for the last three years to improve the lives of east Linn County's homeless population.

Albany resident Shirley Byrd is the nonprofit's founder, executive director and board member. Sh...

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