Town hall tackles Ontario’s homeless challenge

Heather Echeveste, Housing Programs Manager for Community in Action in Ontario, talks about the homeless situation during a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Four Rivers Cultural Center. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess).

ONTARIO – Ontario is a caring community that wants to help out the local homeless population but just how to distribute that assistance proved to be a key topic at a town hall meeting Wednesday night.

The session, sponsored by the Malheur Enterprise, was held at Four Rivers Cultural Center and attracted more than 80 people.

The forum featured a panel of four representatives from several local service agencies including Community in Action, a local non-profit dedicated to helping the displaced, Lifeways Behavioral Health, the Oregon Department of Human Services and the city of Ontario.

Each member of the panel delivered their view of the local homeless . . .