Newport looks to Lebanon for ideas

City hopes to tackle homelessness by forming coalition

NEWPORT— Trying to learn from how the city of Lebanon has dealt with homelessness, the Newport City Council is looking to put together a coalition of homeless advocates who would work for the city. “I think it was a good opportunity to hear what steps another community has taken regarding this issue,” said Spencer Nebel, Newport’s city manager. “Like Newport, Lebanon went through a visioning process. One of their action items was to address some of the issues on homelessness in Lebanon.” At the Monday, May 7 work session, the city invited homeless advocates from all over the city and county who attended to hear what Gary Marks, Lebanon’s city manager, had to say. Attendees included Lola Jones, executive director of Samaritan House, Traci Flowers, who runs the homeless day shelter— and warming shelter in the winter— and Katey Townsend, homeless program coordinator for the Lincoln County School District.

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