HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Dark topic on a sunny day: On homelessness

Written July 29th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

By definition, ending homelessness means having people find a roof over their heads. But as Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa has learned over more than 20 years as a volunteer working on housing, this is far more challenging than just providing a roof.


Albany’s approach to the homeless: ‘Solutions’

Written July 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Since April, Albany has been taking a new approach when police are called to respond to a problem with someone living on the street. You might call it the “shoe leather” system that gets people a path to being helped immediately and on the spot — “curbside” if you will. Casey Dorland, the administrative lieutenant […]


This is what Albany wants to discourage

Written April 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Scenes like this — people camping downtown on public and private property — are what some members of the Albany City Council don’t want to encourage. That’s why they worry about a portable toilet that’s been set up outside the First Christian Church since last fall.


New warning signs on the Clark Path

Written December 14th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

New signs have sprouted along a segment of Albany’s Dave Clark Path, opening the possibility that people could be cited for trespassing if they camp on the riverbank below.


A new home for six women

Written October 9th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany Helping Hands is preparing to remodel a house in the Willamette Neighborhood for six women who can’t find anywhere else to live.


Why the ‘blessing box’ is gone

Written March 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

It began as a private project to help people in need. But it became a nuisance and even a threat to the woman who started it. So now her “blessing box” is gone.


Cure homelessness, but how?

Written December 14th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany is about to stage another annual event to remember and mourn people who, without housing or proper shelter, did not survive the year. Remembering them is good, but doing something to cure homelessness would be better — if only we knew what that something was.


Bills and more bills in Salem

Written February 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

From bills on cougars to the homeless, it’s not as though the troubles of the governor have keptĀ Oregon legislators from adding to the pile of proposed laws. The mountain of legislation keeps growing, even though most of the new bills stand little chance.


 
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