Marion and Polk counties close to hiring homeless czar

A coalition of county and city governments in the central Willamette Valley are close to hiring a coordinator to help manage the region's growing homeless population.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2017 9:31 AM
Updated: Nov. 28, 2017 12:59 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A coalition of county and city governments in the central Willamette Valley are close to hiring a coordinator to help manage the region's growing homeless population.

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The Statesman Journal reported Tuesday that Salem and Marion County would pay $45,000 each toward salary and benefits, while the towns of Keizer, Monmouth and Independence would chip in $5,000 each.

The Salem City Council unanimously approved the funding Monday.

The coordinator would work for the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, an intergovernmental group based in Salem.

Sean O'Day, the council's executive director, says for now the position will be for one year -- but that could be extended.

Job responsibilities would include coordinating services among government agencies and nonprofits.

Numbers of unsheltered homeless have been growing across the West Coast, including in Oregon.

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