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Temporary homeless shelter to be taken down in Roseburg

Officials say they have been looking for ways to reduce the homeless issue in Roseburg, so this shelter was built to house some homeless people in hopes of getting them off the street.

Posted: Nov 27, 2019 7:01 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Douglas County officials are taking down the temporary homeless shelter they built more than two months ago.

Officials said they have been looking for ways to reduce the homeless issue in Roseburg, so this shelter was built to house some homeless people in hopes of getting them off the street.

The shelter consists of a steel shed, a picnic table, a portable toilet, a needle container and garbage service. The shed does not have running water. Officials said they could fit seven to 11 people inside.

The steel shed sits in the parking lot next to the Roseburg library on SE Fowler Street. Officials said the parking lot is managed by the City of Roseburg.

However, city officials said the county was unable to obtain a “Conditional Use Permit,” which allows overnight camping in the space.

After applying for the permit, county officials were denied due to public complaints from a neighboring property owner.

“This is actually a godsend,” said Casey Reid, a homeless man living in the shelter. “Tearing this down would be a mistake. You know, they need to have more of these.”

Officials said the shed will be taken down on Dec. 2. A notice was placed on the shelter Monday.

Douglas County officials said they are working closely with city officials to figure out a solution to the homeless problem moving forward.

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