HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Hanging out in center of a highway couplet

Written June 23rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Surrounded by heavy traffic in the middle of Albany, there are two islands of lawn, flowers, bushes and trees. Lately the larger of the two has become a place for apparently homeless people to hang out.


Councilwoman wants facility to help homeless

Written February 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Is there a way Albany could provide enough temporary housing space so that no homeless person would ever have to sleep under a bridge or on the street — or be allowed to do so?


Homeless and the quest for Hub City Village

Written January 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

As happens every few months, there was talk about the homeless before the Albany City Council this week. Someone from the public, a board member of Creating Housing Coalition, brought it up.


Council sells neighbors Hazelwood Park

Written September 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Hazelwood Park will be sold to three families living next door for $120,000, the Albany City Council decided on Wednesday.


Homeless village drops bid for Hazelwood Park

Written September 21st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The group planning to build a village of tiny houses for the homeless has withdrawn its offer to buy Albany’s Hazelwood Park for its project even though the offer is still listed on the city council’s agenda for Wednesday night.


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 […]


 
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