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DHS steps in to help folks without a home

A screenshot of a Malheur Enterprise video with interviews of people affected by the homeless camp clearout in Ontario Monday.

ONTARIO – When Dan Ramirez saw the video he knew he had to act. 

The self-sufficiency programs manager for the Department of Human Services watched a Malheur Enterprise video of folks affected by a homeless camp clearout that took place in Ontario Monday. 

“I said to my staff ‘You all have to watch this’ and they all started giving me a little bit of feedback,” Ramirez said. 

The department sent out two employees Wednesday to a meal site – the New Hope Day Shelter at 312 N.W. Second Street – inside Origins Faith Community, an Ontario church. The meal site is open 2 . . .