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Homelessness Concerns Discussed in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A group of protesters camped out in front of Corvallis City Hall on Monday, hoping to bring awareness to some homeless issues they want resolved.

A group met privately inside with the mayor and police chief while occupiers and people who are homeless protested outside.

The group says its main concerns involve police communication and illegal camping.

Members say some feel intimidated by police, and they say there’s no place for the homeless to camp out safely and legally in town without being ticketed for it.

“I think the meeting went fairly well. The mayor and the new police chief are both very open-minded people. They listen very well, they validate points and they want a solution also,” said homeless advocate Chris Helton.

“Our county has a ten-year plan to end homelessness and address issues related to homelessness. We’ve made a lot of progress in many of those areas. We talked about some of that today,” said Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning.

It’s against city ordinance to camp in public areas.

The mayor informed those she met with about several services the city offers, like food banks, soup kitchens and shelters.

The parties involved say this was a very successful meeting, and they look forward to working together even further.

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