HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany housing grant decisions put off

Written September 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council wasn’t ready to make a decision Monday about which of five applicants for a share of $1 million in housing funds would get how much.


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.


Back on council agenda: portable toilets

Written March 18th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Once again, portable toilets are on the agenda of the Albany City Council. And if the council wants to keep allowing the one that sits outside the First Christian Church downtown, it may have to change the municipal code.


A million dollars looks for housing solutions

Written March 3rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Can Albany get any homeless people into housing with the one million dollars it is receiving from the state? The answer won’t be known until the money has been spent.


May city use $1 million to shelter the homeless

Written December 17th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Over the next year or so, the state government is giving Albany $1 million to spend on “programs or services to address housing insecurity, lack of affordable housing or homelessness.”


Periwinkle update: Trash mound is gone

Written September 22nd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A few weeks ago, the north end of the Periwinkle Bike Path behind Lowe’s was a mess, with a big mound of bicycle parts and other trash piled up against the wall. Now that spot on the path is clean, or at least it was when I went through there Sunday on the bike.


Albany’s war on vagrancy, crime

Written March 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Albany has banned unauthorized camping on public property and set up a zone from which the municipal court may banish repeat criminals for up to a year. Both measures are in effect starting now.


 
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