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Ontario homeless shelter project receives pushback at community forum

Barb Higinbotham, Community in Action executive director, Heather Echeveste, Community in Action member, and Adam Brown, Ontario city manager, listen to community feedback about the winter shelter program. (Kezia Setyawan/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO - Ontario's “tiny homes” project intended to provide housing for the homeless last winter saw pushback from neighbors at a public feedback session held on Wednesday, June 17, by the city of Ontario and Community in Action.

Neighbors of the tiny homes, which were located on Northeast Third Avenue and Fourth Avenues on the east side of North Oregon Street, complained of homeless individuals drinking alcohol, loitering and leaving trash while the homes were up for a 29-day period from April 2-30.

The forum was held at the Four Rivers Cultural Center and around 10 people attended, not including the city manager . . .