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County Considers Options For Winter Shelter For Homeless Youth

Rachael McDonald

The Board of Lane County Commissioners this week discussed winter strategies for homeless services. They’re looking at how to better serve unsheltered youth in the community. 

Commissioner Jay Bozievich says more than 100 youth were counted as unsheltered in Lane County in the latest tally. The board is considering converting a pod at the SERBU Youth Detention Center into a shelter.

“The difficulty is if we have to convert that from something that’s a detention facility to something that’s residential and whether we can get that done quickly enough to have an impact this winter. I would like to try and focus on that population of unhoused people that are underage because that’s a really vulnerable population.”

Bozievich says the board asked county staff to report on the cost of a winter shelter for homeless youth.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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