UMATILLA COUNTY — Volunteers will work on building Conestoga huts with Project PATH — Practical Assistance through Transitional Housing — Monday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Lind and Bensel roads, near Hermiston. Stepping Stones Alliance, a nonprofit based in Hermiston, has been working on creating a homeless shelter in the area since 2020.
Based on similar projects — including Walla Walla’s Alliance for the Homeless, Salem’s Church in the Park and Austin, Texas’ Community First! — the effort will help Umatilla County is in compliance with the law. As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Martin v. Boise case in 2018 and Oregon House Bill 4123 passed during the 2022 Legislative session, all areas that do not allow homeless camping must provide shelter by July 2023.
Stepping Stones Alliance, a nonprofit based in Hermiston, has been working on creating a homeless shelter in the area since 2020.
For more information about the project, call Dave Stockdale, Umatilla city manager, at 541-922-3326 or contact Stepping Stones via 541-561-3680 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available via www.steppingstonesalliance.net.