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Limited shelter options for local homeless people

By Jennifer Moody , Albany Democrat Herald

1474 days ago   Article ID# 677934
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Albany Helping Hands Homeless Shelter

ALBANY, OREGON (Albany Democrat Herald) - People seeking emergency shelter in the mid-valley have limited options.

Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon all have at least one organization dedicated to housing homeless people, but all have rules for residents and most are chronically at capacity.

Linn County had 245 homeless people representing 162 households, according to the Oregon Housing and Community Services' one-night homeless count this past January.

That's a snapshot in time that most service organizations believe is far lower than the actual figure.

ChristWalk is the only homeless-specific housing option for transients in Lebanon. The organization has one fiveplex currently housing nine men, one home housing five single women, and one apartment with a mother and four children.

Information is available online at http://www.lebemsh.org, or by calling the main office at 54 W. Ash St., 541-258-3387.

In Albany, Helping Hands provides round-the-clock emergency shelter and services for an average of 110 homeless people every day. Its focus is on shelter and meals, but Helping Hands offers counseling, medical, life skills, education and drug and alcohol treatment options.

Helping Hands, at 619 Ninth Ave., does not allow substance use on its property and requires tenants to sober up before checking in, said Paul Barnes, executive director.

Barnes said the shelter currently has openings. It works with the Linn County Health Department to give tuberculosis screenings, paid for by the county, to make sure the disease "doesn't get a foothold," he said.

More information is available at www.albanyhh.org, 541-926-4036.

In Corvallis, Community Outreach offers emergency and transitional shelter for $5 per day or the equivalent in chores.

It has a capacity of 100 with a usual carrying load of about 70 people, which representatives said it hits about three-quarters of the time. During the winter months, the outreach center offers a cold-weather shelter for women and families.

Intake interviews are required. People who are violent, sex offenders or those who have used drugs or alcohol in the past five days are not allowed. Outpatient treatment is offered for mental health and substance abuse problems. Like ChristWalk, the Community Outreach center focuses on helping residents change their circumstances.

More information is available at http://communityoutreachinc.org, 541-758-3000.

Corvallis also offers temporary shelter for abuse victims through the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, http://cardvservices.org or 24-hour hot line, 541-754-0110 or 800-927-0197; and for teens through the Jackson Street Youth Shelter, www.jsysi.org.

Copyright 2014 Albany Democrat Herald   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1474 days ago   Article ID# 677934

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