Dear Editor: At last week’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Port Orford voted to approve Resolution 2020-05 supporting Curry County’s declaration of a countywide housing emergency.  

It is expected that the City of Gold Beach will follow suit in support of Curry County’s housing emergency declaration.  

Brookings provided the first such emergency resolution, in solidarity with Curry County’s declaration.  

Each housing emergency declaration adds credibility and demonstrates additional community buy-in to all “up-stream government funders” and other major funders throughout Oregon.  

This began a number of years ago with League of Women Voters townhalls meant to provide perspective and initiate the narrative around developing homeless resources and affordable housing.

As these townhalls’ moderator and one of the event planners who put together three panels - one for each city - it was notable that before he ran for Curry County commissioner, Court Boice attended all three townhalls. Speaking with him after the first townhall, held in Port Orford, Mr. Boice recognized the journey ahead - making a commitment to develop affordable housing for Curry County - and ran for commissioner to get the job done.

He began working with other leaders, such as Brookings City Councilor Ron Hedenskog, a longtime supporter of affordable housing for veterans.

The county’s leadership came from Commissioners Boice and Chris Paasch, providing their leadership in passing the county’s housing emergency declaration.

Solidarity between the silos and the county provides the best possible positioning for grant-worthiness, stimulation of developers’ interest, and addressing barriers to providing housing for our most in need, alongside our workforce.

Connie Hunter

Brookings

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