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The 24/7 Homeless Shelter has closed - City seeks applicants for Ad hoc Committee

Emergency Shelter at 2200 Ashland St
Emergency Shelter at 2200 Ashland St 

The 24/7 Emergency Homeless Shelter is now closed.
The City of Ashland's 24/7 Emergency Homeless Shelter, operated by OHRA (Opportunities for Housing, Resources and Assistance), has officially closed its doors as of April 1, 2024. This closure marks the culmination of a vital service that has provided refuge to many individuals and families in need since its opening in November.
OHRA, in collaboration with the City, successfully secured alternative placements for all individuals who were utilizing the shelter, ensuring that none were left without a place to go as the shelter ceased operations. Throughout its tenure, the shelter accommodated a total of 73 individuals, comprising 65 adults and eight children, underscoring the critical role it played in supporting the homeless population.
With the closure of the 24/7 shelter, the building will now transition to serve as a severe weather shelter, aligning with its original intended purpose upon purchase. A subcommittee of the Housing and Human Services Advisory Committee is actively engaged in crafting a comprehensive Homeless Master Plan, while an Ad hoc 2200 Ashland Street Committee will soon convene with the task of creating a long-term master plan for the building and surrounding property that aligns with the contractual obligations of the property and furthers the community’s goals regarding homeless services and affordable housing, while enhancing the experience of the surrounding neighborhood.
The City expresses gratitude to OHRA for its partnership in establishing and managing the emergency shelter, as well as for its oversight of the severe weather shelter at 2200 Ashland St.
“As we navigate the complexities of addressing homelessness, we look forward to continued collaboration with OHRA, Access and the State to develop sustainable solutions that meet the needs of our Southern Oregon community,” stated Interim City Manager, Sabrina Cotta.
The 2200 Ashland Street Ad hoc Committee is set to convene the week of May 13 with subsequent meetings held bi-weekly for two hours until the completion of the master plan. Those who are interested may apply online. Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 19, at 5 p.m. (Updated April 22, 2024, the application process is now closed.) Mayor Tonya Graham will appoint members at the May 7 City Council meeting.
”We are Better Together.”
Sabrina Cotta, Interim City Manager
City of Ashland

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