Medford’s Homeless Navigation Center opens doors officially

MEDFORD, Ore. —Medford’s Navigation Center has officially opened its doors. It will house people experiencing homelessness.

Last week residents of the Kelly Shelter moved into the Navigation Center on Market Street off Biddle. Even though the Navigation Center isn’t offering services just yet, people are already calling it home.

Last year the city purchased the building with a $2.5 million grant from the state. Since then, the city has invested nearly $2 million in renovations.

The facility offers a large congregate space, family rooms, an indoor recreation room, and a commercial kitchen. Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding says this facility is an upgrade from the Kelly Shelter.

“It’s an exciting time, the Navigation Center has opened for people to live here so right now there are people living here, people calling this home, it just provides more opportunity to help people get on their feet and stay on their feet,” said Madding.

The next steps involve completing work on office space where social service people will work. When it’s completed, medical care, mental health care, job counseling, and other services will be offered to the residents.

Madding says it hopes to have the facility fully operational by the start of the new year.

The previous Kelly Shelter location will now serve as a permanent location for the Medford severe weather shelter.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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