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Ashland Shelter Community Opening Wednesday

The City of Ashland and Rogue Retreat Announce the Upcoming Opening of Ashland Shelter Community


MEDFORD, OREGON, NOVEMBER 23---  The City has been awarded a $300,000 grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services to partner with Rogue Retreat, a non-profit homeless services provider, to establish and run a shelter community on the South end of the Rogue Valley.  Rogue Retreat offers a variety of emergency shelter and transitional housing and support services targeted to alleviate the issues of homelessness in Southern Oregon.


Ashland Shelter Community located at 2082 East Main Street, Ashland, OR will support a maximum of 49 individuals providing 10 pallet houses and 37 beds inside the existing structure.


Julie Akins, Mayor, Ashland, OR states:


We are now very aware that the primary cause of homelessness in this country and here in Ashland as well is that the working poor cannot afford a roof over their heads. This includes children and families, the elderly, the disabled and really anyone who had a few things go wrong: Illness, death of a loved one or even a car repair that took their ability to pay rent and still get to work. Because homelessness is now so prevalent, especially in the wake of the Almeda fire where low income housing was decimated, it’s time we address it meaningfully and with care. I believe the opening of this shelter will prevent loss of life and continuing trauma on our community’s many working poor who desperately need a break.”   


Chad McComas, Executive Director, Rogue Retreat, “We have been delighted, humbled and grateful to work with Mayor Akins and the City of Ashland to make this dream a reality.  We believe, just like we established with Urban Campground, Medford, that along with community partners, we will together help restore the lives of the participants who will be served by all of us involved in this project.”

Rogue Retreat plans on accepting participants into the site starting on Wednesday, November 24th.  Ashland Shelter Community is not intended to satisfy needs for permanent housing of its participants, rather the site is intended to give participants a hand up, inspire hope, stabilize them with temporary housing and help participants move forward in life to permanent housing of their own.

For media requests please contact: Julie Akins, Mayor of the City of Ashland at 541-552-2100 or or Linda Reid, Housing Program Specialist, at 541-552-2043 or




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