According to Ashland-based organization, ‘Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice,’ it’s the only low-barrier, warming shelter open right now in Jackson County.
Organizers say they’re not used to setting up an emergency shelter this early in the year.
After hearing temperatures would hit freezing, they hit the ground running.
The shelter is located at the Ashland Public Library, which offered its space for the first time.
Organizers say they’re expecting 20 to 30 people.
“There’s dozens and dozens and dozens of folks that are living rough and living in cars and struggling with housing,” said Jason Houk, organizer for Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice. “And this storm makes it really hard.”
On Wednesday and Thursday, the shelter will move to the Bellevue Grange.
Friday, it will be back at the Ashland Public Library.
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Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia. She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.