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City declares homeless state of emergency


March 8, 2023

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The former homeless camp sits outside Sweet Home's old City Hall building in April 2022, shortly after the Sweet Home Police Department vacated its population. Occupants eventually returned, but no longer occupy the site after the opening of the Family Assistance and Resource Center managed outreach and community resource facility east of Bi-Mart in January, which is now at capacity.

The Sweet Home City Council voted unanimously at a Wednesday, March 1, special meeting to declare a homeless state of emergency.

"Sweet Home is gravely concerned about homelessness in our community and across the state," a proclamation read. "Unsheltered homelessness has caused and is threatening to cause widespread injury to people and property, widespread human suffering, and has also caused widespread financial loss, with examples including, but not limited to picking up and disposing of debris, garbage, waste, and biohazards to restore land to its intended public use."

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