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Benton County Commissioners question, from left at center table, Shawn Collins, Catherine Mater and Rich Carone after they each presented their plan to deal with the homeless in Corvallis during a meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Sunset Building. The commissioners will make their decision on the proposals Tuesday at the Sunset Building. 

The Benton County Board of Commissioners will return to the Sunset Building to make its final decision on funding for a seasonal men’s homeless shelter next week, the board announced on Thursday.

Rather than its usual meeting room in downtown Corvallis, the board will opt for the larger space at the Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way. The meeting will begin at noon on Tuesday.

The commissioners are expected to make a decision on how to award $60,000 in funding that was requested by the Housing Opportunities Action Council for the men’s cold weather homeless shelter, which typically operates from Nov. 1 to March 31 each winter.

The board decided on June 14 not to award funding for HOAC’s preferred location at 545 SW Second St., but then agreed to reconsider that option along with other alternative sites.

Last Tuesday the commissioners convened at the Sunset Building to hear presentations on the Second Street location, a proposal to renovate the former Flomatcher industrial property on the east bank of the Willamette River and a plan to provide a temporary shelter space and a permanent facility on an 11-acre property at Northeast Walnut Boulevard and Belvue Street.

The commissioners heard public testimony at that meeting but saved their deliberations on the matter for next week.

On Monday, the Corvallis City Council is expected to make a decision on $60,000 in city funding for shelter operations.

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Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.


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