Medford warming shelter to close for the season

Medford, Ore. — The Kelly Warming Shelter at First United Methodist Church closes at the end of this month. That has a downtown business owner calling on the community to find new ways to help.

Ed Chun of Sunrise Cafe says there have been a lot of conversations about helping the homeless, but little action. He says if the homeless population’s basic needs aren’t met, that leads to issues for downtown business owners and residents.

“Any alley in downtown Medford usually Friday, Saturday nights and then by Monday morning it’s usually pretty stinky, especially in the summertime,” Chun says, “so I think we should start with basic needs maybe some watering stations and some temporary urinals, some porta-potties.”

Chun says public restrooms should be considered as an addition to downtown. And adds that additional patrols like what they had on Saint Patrick’s Day will help curb not only transient issues, but drunk and disorderly calls too.

The Kelly Warming Shelter closes for the season, March 31st.

Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

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