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Politics & Government

Lane County Poverty And Homelessness Board Meets For First Time

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Lane County's new Poverty and Homeless Board recently met for the first time. The 17 member panel is charged with finding solutions to persistent homeless problems.

Last year Lane County Board of Commissioners formed the board following the removal of two homeless camps in Eugene. The board consists of elected officials, community leaders, and a formerly homeless person. Lane County Human Services spokeswoman Pearl Wolfe is excited for the diversity of board members.

Wolfe: "And I think all that will do is help the systems work better together. So we're sort of hoping to cut across systems and jurisdictions to look at the greater good around the issues of reducing and ending poverty and homelessness in our community."

Wolfe says the board wants to be an action committee, not just continuing conversations about homelessness. The group will meet monthly.

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