A statement from Mayor Melanie Kebler in response to the claims made at the Deschutes County Circuit Court Emergency Hearing on July 14, 2023:

“While I respect the legal process and the right of constituents to advocate for themselves, I want to make sure the record is correct. Statements made in court today accusing me of making certain promises in writing and of therefore lying to the residents of Hunnell and Clausen Roads are not true.

There were also statements made that we have no shelter beds available. This is also untrue. We have recently increased shelter capacity in Bend and have had availability as recently as this week for people to enter low-barrier shelter.

The City has, and will continue, to comply with our policies, and respects the request of the court today to report back next Monday for a final legal determination on that matter.”


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