As the members of the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative (MWHI) have been making the rounds in the region collecting feedback from residents on how to tackle homelessness in Marion and Polk counties, they are encountering a familiar refrain.

“We attended a neighborhood meeting this past week and one of the questions that came up was about quality of life and livability concerns around homeless populations,” said Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers, a member of the WMHI task force. “The person in the community said just arrest them. What we’ve found from our experiences is we can’t arrest our way out of homelessness.”

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