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The City of Roseburg Homeless Commission recommended Monday that the city not put out another request for proposals to run a soon-to-open shelter, and instead enter into a multi-million dollar contract with the United Community Action Network to do the work.

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The Roseburg City Council on Monday initially approved tweaking a program in an effort to make it easier for churches and other organizations to provide places for people to sleep in their vehicles when they have nowhere else to go.

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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 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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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.