▶️ Wyden in Bend for roundtable on children and family homelessness


Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden was in Bend on Friday discussing his plan to end homelessness for children and their families.

Wyden met with organizations who work with families in need to discuss the best way to tackle the issue.

To combat the problem, the Democrat is working on a bill called the ‘Decent Affordable Safe Housing’, or ‘DASH’ Act, with the goal of putting a roof over the heads of homeless children.

“When I get around the state, what I’m hearing is that the lack of adequate shelter for these kids is really snatching a lot of their potential that they could have for the years ahead,” Wyden said. “Particularly when I heard about students and cold winters in Central Oregon in trailers and kids getting picked up in school buses at state parks after a really cold, rainy night, I said I want to take a target that I think is attainable.”

Wyden added that funding for the DASH Act would come out of the 2017 Tax Bill.

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