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Homeless crisis will be focus of town hall coming up in Ontario

Work is underway for a temporary housing site for the city’s homeless on Northeast Third Avenue in Ontario. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – The Malheur Enterprise will conduct a Town Hall on Homelessness on Wednesday, Feb. 19, a public event to bring together experts and citizens.

“Homeless continues to dog the community as an issue that sometimes seems without solution,” said Les Zaitz, Enterprise publisher. “Perhaps by gathering under one roof, we can all better understand the issue and possible solutions.”

The free event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Four Rivers Cultural Center.

The meeting will open with a panel of representatives from Community in Action, Lifeways, the city of Ontario and the state Department of Human Services. They will explain what triggers homelessness, what is being done now for Malheur . . .