City of Ashland Supports Unhoused Residents During Coronavirus
The City of Ashland has been quietly working with local and regional partners that provide services for the unhoused community in Ashland and the larger Rogue Valley. City Administrator Kelly Madding is working extensively with Options for Helping Residents of Ashland, Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, the United Way, local churches, and Jackson County to develop effective responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
The City of Ashland has dedicated funds and staff time toward temporarily housing the most vulnerable unhoused individuals in hotel rooms, ensuring food availability, and finding appropriate areas to allow overnight parking.
"The City of Ashland in conjunction with our nonprofit partners and State and County officials are figuring out ways to help our unhoused neighbors to shelter in place with food delivery. We additionally opened hand washing stations and bathrooms for the health of our community members. We are seeking more options including hotel rooms for the most vulnerable. While we've identified some rooms and spaces, we are seeking more. If any community members or partners wish to help, we invite their assistance,” said Julie Akins, Ashland City Councilor.
City staff are in constant communication with local offices of state and federal senators and representatives to coordinate resources that will assist all parts of our community, including our unhoused neighbors.
To donate assistance or to volunteer, contact:
Options for Helping Residents of Ashland at (541) 631-2235
Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice via Jason Houk at (541) 841-8341