HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Council votes for three housing grants

Written October 26th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It took a year for the Albany City Council to allocate part of the $1 million the Oregon legislature gave the city to do something about homelessness or the shortage of housing that people can afford.


Council stymied in allocating housing cash

Written October 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council lacked sufficient votes Wednesday to allocate part of the $1 million the city got from the state to spend toward easing various housing problems including homelessness.


Tough choice: Who gets part of $1 million?

Written September 8th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Maybe it wasn’t a favor for the legislature to give Albany $1 million to do something about affordable housing or homelessness. Now the city council has to decide who gets some of the money, and it’s not an easy choice.


City vacates street to help Helping Hands

Written August 24th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Three members of the Albany City Council plus the mayor Wednesday pushed through a move to vacate or abandon a short section of Jefferson Street, an action the Helping Hands homeless shelter needs to expand.


Portable toilets: Council renews the debate

Written July 27th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The portable toilet outside First Christian Church in Albany was the focus once again as the city council engaged in another round of talk about it on Wednesday.


Unhoused in cars: Looking for a place to park

Written July 18th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

People forced to camp in their cars because of homelessness are largely gone from the block of Ninth Avenue in Albany where the city has banned them. It’s not clear where they have gone, and an advocate’s plea for city council help regarding parking so far has generated no response.


A homeless crisis and vagrancy troubles

Written July 13th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Two sides of Albany’s homeless problem came up before the city council Wednesday night in the form of pleas for help. But it did not look like any form of concrete help would come.


 
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