Homeless Hosts?

An interesting or a very bad idea, which depends on who does the host selection and what criteria for selection are used (criminal background checks should be included) as promoted by this story from KEZI 9 ABC News in Oregon.

An excerpt.

“LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Lane County Parks managers are looking at using homeless people as park hosts.

“Lane County has 73 parks and a staff of 10, so it can’t patrol all of them. It wants to partner with St. Vincent de Paul and the Homeless Coalition to set up hosts at places like Whitely Landing.

“In just the past year, Lane County Parks says Whitely Landing cost the department $5,000 in compliance checks and illegal dumping calls. So it says if some of the parks had hosts, vandalism, littering and loitering might diminish.

“The program would be for people who own RVs or campers but don’t have a place to stay. In exchange for a place, a person or family acts as the county’s eyes even performing some security and maintenance. Those hosts will be held to a high standard.”

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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