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The city of Roseburg will pay $140,000 to hire a homeless coordinator for two years, in its continuing efforts to provide a shelter and services for the unhoused.

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The deadline to submit proposals to the city of Roseburg to operate a homeless shelter with connected services, also known as a navigation center, has been pushed back a month, from Sept. 9 to Oct. 13.

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The Roseburg Homeless Commission met Wednesday as it moves forward in its efforts to use a $1.5 million state grant to open a homeless shelter with connected services, also known as a navigation center.

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The long-awaited sobering center, which is intended as a safe alternative to jail or the hospital for severely inebriated individuals, has finally opened at 251 NE Patterson St., off of Diamond Lake Boulevard and about 3 miles east of downtown.

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Plans for a homeless shelter in Roseburg have taken a step forward with the release of an official request for proposal for someone to get the shelter off the ground, run it and help generate revenue to pay for its continued operation.

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City Manager Nikki Messenger has disbanded a committee of homeless advocates and service providers that was created just last month to help provide food, water and other emergency provisions to the hundreds of homeless individuals in the area.

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Jeff Marotz’s pet Chihuahua Tyson may only be about the size of a football, but he’s a pretty good watchdog when it comes to guarding the 34-foot RV the two of them call home. So when Tyson started growling and barking in the early morning hours of April 14, Marotz figured something was up.

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When President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on March 11, one item in it that many people focused on was the $1,400 stimulus payments that were part of the legislation. Money started appearing in people’s bank accounts just a few days later, and within the wee…

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Spring is on the horizon, which likely means the start of outdoor activities, including youth sports. And that, city officials said, means it is time to start thinking about what to do with the large number of homeless people living in campers and tents in and around public areas, including parks.

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SUTHERLIN — It’s something most of us take for granted, but for Kenneth Hamilton, the hot shower he took Wednesday afternoon in the mobile trailer set up at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sutherlin not only got him clean but lifted his spirits.

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Roseburg’s newly formed homeless commission has scheduled a special meeting Tuesday to discuss efforts to open a warming center, and whether it makes more sense for now to focus on helping the homeless shelter in place instead.

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A sobering center that is intended to help people who are repeatedly picked up by police for public intoxication is months behind schedule and will be built in converted shipping containers as a way to cut costs.

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WINSTON — A small, unassuming silver trailer sits on the half-court line of a covered basketball court at the SouthRiver Community Health Center. For two weeks, it has given dozens of people without housing the chance to shower.

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The first and third Saturday of each month is when Christopher Hutton sets his sights on doing the Lord’s work. Hutton and his Under the Bridge ministry pack about three dozen sack lunches and head out into the streets and woods to do what they can to help the homeless with food, and maybe a hug.

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Roseburg City Councilwoman Ashley Hicks is known for speaking her mind, even if it gets her in trouble. That’s what happened in late February, when the city council punished Hicks for her advocacy of a homeless shelter. The News-Review caught up with Hicks to see how things are going during …

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Roseburg City Councilwoman Ashley Hicks is known for speaking her mind, even if it gets her in trouble. That’s what happened in late February, when the city council punished Hicks for her advocacy of a homeless shelter. The News-Review caught up with Hicks to see how things are going during …