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Ontario eyes $150,000 in state funds meant for temporary overnight winter shelter

Ontario City Council members met at a work session inside City Hall Thursday, Nov. 7. A location for a potential overnight shelter was one of the topics they discussed at the meeting. (The Enterprise/File)

ONTARIO – Malheur County has $150,000 hanging in the balance to set up an emergency overnight shelter for the winter. 

The imminent funds come from a total of $5 million in one-time funding approved by the Legislature in the 2019 session to strengthen shelter services around the state. 

“This is an opportunity for us,” said Barb Higinbotham, director of the non-profit Community in Action, at an Ontario City Council work session Thursday, Nov. 7. 

Higinbotham said time is of the essence for coming up with a plan for the $150,000. The nonprofit is partnering with the . . .