Ashland City Council declines funding for 24-hour shelter

ASHLAND, Ore. – The Ashland City Council voted this week  not to open a 30 bed shelter in city limits.

Council members voted 5-1 Tuesday to decline a state grant to have a 30 bed homeless shelter in the city.

City councilor Gina DuQuenne says she voted to decline because the city was not prepared to open the shelter.

“I believe everyone should have the right to live safe and with dignity,” DuQuenne said, “To have someone in this temporary place, cross our fingers in hopes that we can get another grant for another 30 days. That is not stability.”

DuQuenne says despite this decision, the city is still focused on finding the best solution for the homeless population.

She hopes the funding that is going to ACCESS will still help serve Ashland residents in need.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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