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Homeless Advocates Marge Pettitt and Leo Steelman Protest at Benton County Courthouse Corvallis

Last Modified: 04/19/14
First Published: 04/01/14
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Tuesday afternoon in front of the Benton County Courthouse in Corvallis about 20 homeless men and women, many appearing to be under 30 years of age, protested the closing of the mens and womens homeless shelters in Corvallis.

Monday night March 31st was the last night the Mens shelter on Fourth Street in Corvallis was open. Leo Steelman and Marge Pettitt were the spokespersons for this protest and stated that they were looking to find a five bedroom home in Corvallis to rent and use as a place for the homeless.

Marge Pettit also stated that she was also connected with Occupy Eugene. Leo Steelman responding to my question if he was a resident of Corvallis told me that he worked at the Red Robin in Albany and was staying with a friend in Corvallis.

In a joint meeting on Monday night between Corvallis City Council, Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning, City Manager Jim Patterson, Benton County Commissioners, Jay Dixon, Annabelle Jaramillo and Linda Modrell and Benton County COO Dennis Aloia there was a dialogue on the homeless problem in Corvallis.
It was noted by several participants last night that there is evidence of an influx of homeless to Corvallis and there have been complaints from local downtown residents and businesses.

One of the goals of Corvallis City Council is to have a permanent Homeless Shelter in place in Corvallis in the not to distant future.

Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:47 am
Name: B.D. Resident of Corvallis Comment: This show of stupidity in front of the courthouse is an insult to the homeless. What is the real motivation behind this display of crass behavior. They did get the attention they sought.

Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:01 am
Name: Comment: There is a permanent shelter in Corvallis. It's called Community Outreach.

Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:57 am
Name: Gary Duda Comment: Keep the instigators and showboaters away and then there might be some solutions found.

Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:38 am
Name: Benjamin Comment: What we have are some professional agitators coming into town looking for any issues to cause heartburn for Corvallis residents beyond their stated goal of helping the homeless.

Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:31 pm
Name: Gary Comment: Does this person not understand that she is an impediment to a solution to the homeless problem.

Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:27 am
Name: Concerned in Corvallis Comment: Thinking is what needs to happen, less emotional input and more analytic approach. Corvallis does not necessarily want to have as its finest building a homeless shelter.

Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:15 am
Name: BNF888 Comment: If the citizens who say they care about Corvallis do not wake up and get involved, I mean downtown businesses, there will be little left of Corvallis for anyone to worry about. The downtown business community does have power. It is the power of the purse. if their customers stop shopping that purse will be significantly smaller.

Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:26 pm
Name: Johnson Comment: Words, words and more words. Lets put words together to make sentences that make sense. Homelessness is not dealt with, Corvallis, from the perspective that while people fall on difficult circumstances that does not give them or anyone the right to encroach on to the space of any other citizen. Change the behavior and require accountability while still being compassionate and helping. However do not accept or tolerate any actions that could be construed to be negative to the community as a whole.

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