Ashland homelessness committee asks for public input

The newly formed Ashland Homelessness Steering Committee is inviting individuals, groups and agencies to submit proposed solutions for dealing with homelessness issues.

The proposals should be no more than two pages long and include:

  • The agency name, if appropriate
  • Contact information for the person submitting the proposal
  • The specific issue to be addressed by the proposed action or project
  • The proposed solution to the issue
  • Brief background of the agency, group or individual submitting the proposal
  • Estimated costs and proposed sources of funding, if appropriate

Proposals may be submitted at any time, but they must be received no later than June 1. Proposals can be e-mailed to or mailed or delivered to Ann Seltzer, Ashland City Hall, 20 E. Main St., Ashland, OR 97520.

The Homelessness Steering Committee will review the proposals and decide which sound promising. For each proposal, the committee may take action, return it to the submitter for further development or explanation or to suggest a partnership on the idea, forward it to the Ashland City Council for consideration or decide the proposal cannot be acted upon at the present time.

All submitted proposals will be public documents and will be posted on the city's website at

On April 5, a City Council majority voted to appoint the Homelessness Steering Committee and tasked it with soliciting and reviewing proposals to address homelessness issues.

A wide variety of individuals and groups are expected to submit proposals, including representatives of service clubs, the business community, the faith community, homeless people themselves, groups that provide food to the homeless and others, the Ashland School District, Southern Oregon University and the Jackson County Homeless Taskforce.

The Homelessness Steering Committee is tentatively scheduled to meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Ashland Public Library's Gresham Room.

— Staff reports

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