Up to $500k in state funding going to Medford Navigation Center

MEDFORD, Ore. —Thursday night the city of Medford approved accepting a $1 million grant in state funding, to combat housing and homelessness.

The city says the money will help support programs or services that address housing insecurity, lack of affordable housing, or homelessness. Friday we’re learning the council also approved the spending of up to $500,000 of that, on the navigation center.

It’s located at 685 Market Street in Medford and has most recently served as a severe weather shelter. The city says it plans to build a commercial kitchen at the navigation center.

“In order to have a sustainable, efficient, cost-effective program, they need this commercial kitchen to be able to provide food to those people that they are serving,” said Madding.

Madding says until July of this year, the Market Street site will serve as a severe weather shelter.

After that, the Kelly Shelter will move to the navigation center site.

NBC5 News Reporter Jenna King is a Burbank native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at the U of O, she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through interning 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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