Solutions remain elusive as Ontario grapples with homeless issues

A crew member removes debris from an abandon homeless camp. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

ONTARIO – Ontario officials realize they have a homeless problem on their hands but don’t know how to solve it.

They are not alone. 

Across the country the homeless issue is vexing cities big and small and while overall numbers over an eight-year period have dropped, the homeless challenge lingers. 

In January 2018, nearly 553,000 people were homeless on a single night in the U.S., with nearly two-thirds of them in emergency shelters or transitional housing program, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

California, New York, Hawaii and Oregon continue to report high rates of homelessness. In Oregon, 35 people per 1,000 experience homelessness, according to federal . . .