Local experts address Malheur County homelessness, point to broad efforts

Charlene Pelland makes a point at a town hall on homelessness sponsored by the Malheur Enterprise at Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Les Zaitz, Enterprise publisher, officiated the town hall as panelists from local organizations addressed questions from the audience. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

ONTARIO – A one-size-fits-all approach to address the city’s growing homeless population won’t be the most effective way to tackle the issue and a long-term solution will require a broad community effort.

Those two themes – along with the availability of an array of services for the displaced and a lack of housing locally – proved to be key topics at a town hall meeting Feb. 19.

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