Medford City Councilors to explore new location for homeless community

Medford, Ore.– In a unanimous vote, Medford City Councilors agreed to explore a different location for a tiny home community for the homeless.  This after the long proposed 3rd and Front Street location downtown was thrown out at their last meeting.

About a dozen people stood with local non-profit “Rogue Retreat” this afternoon wearing stickers that read “Yes to Hope”. The organization is looking to build over a dozen single-room homes on city-owned property for the homeless.

Public comment from both sides of the proposed project were heard.  Though councilors voted 8 to 0 to explore other city owned properties that could be a good fit, ‘Rogue Retreat’ representatives say they are happy the city is still considering the project.

“We would like something to happen we want it to happen as soon as possible,” said volunteer David Beale.  “We know the city is working with us and so we want to work with them.

Today’s outcome falls in line with what the Chamber of Commerce asked councilors.  In a letter obtained by NBC5 News, the Chamber requested City Council delay any decisions on the project, making clear that the chamber does not support or oppose the idea of Hope Village.  The Chamber says they’ve received letters from nearby businesses that say they have the potential to be “adversely impacted” by Hope Village.

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