The housing shortage is a critical problem throughout Clackamas County, and returning veterans have been hit particularly hard by this situation, all too often running into impenetrable bureaucratic roadblocks.
When one considers the contributions veterans have made to bolstering the security of this nation, often at great personal risk, this is totally unacceptable.
This is one reason why I am proud to support the efforts of Clackamas County Commission Chair Jim Bernard.
Through tireless effort, Jim has created Veterans Village. This facility has helped 19 veterans transition from homelessness to permanent housing. Furthermore, he partnered with Northwest Housing Alternatives to build permanent supportive housing in Oregon City.
Jim has a valuable ally in implementing these goals, Ken Humberston, another distinguished board member who shares Jim's vision.
The pair make for a potent combination.
Let's make sure both of these fine men are retained on the Clackamas County Commission. We need them now more than ever.
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