Many Tillamook County residents are having a hard time finding housing. And accord to CARE, some are having to resort to tent camping, car camping, and couch surfing.

But, some small relief is insight.

 “CARE recently received funds from the State of Oregon to create temporary shelter for our residents,” CARE Housing Consultant Heather Bohannon wrote to the Tillamook City Council. “We have been working with Pastor Mayne and The Seventh Day Adventist church as they have available property and want to help the city control the homeless issues on the Tillamook Slough.”

Bohannon detailed that the church board has approved use of the land to provide some temporary shelter opportunities for the homeless that are working with CARE to get stabilized and find permanent housing.

“The whole back area of the old Herald Building (Community Center) will be fenced to address the city’s tent-camping issue currently on the property,” Bohannon wrote. “The fencing would be the same professional fencing matching the city as well as clean up all over growth protecting the slough trail on the church side.”

CARE currently has available grant funding to create these temporary shelters and will be monitored by CARE extending their current services as well.

If CARE is able to use the state funding by June, there are addition funds that CARE can apply for.

Therefore, the quick turnaround for a site plan approval requires an expedited planning and community development fee from the city of $2,000.

CARE requested that the City of Tillamook wave the fee.

The City Council approved.


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