The state of Oregon is buying up motels to house families left homeless by the 2020 Labor Day fires. With about 20 motels, the state will be able to house 1,000 households. After this population is placed in more permanent housing, the state plans to use the motels to shelter the general homeless population. While everyone realizes this is not a permanent solution, the families being sheltered in these motels are very grateful to have a place to land after experiencing the tragedy of the fires. “We’re not looking for a handout. We’re just looking for a hand,” said Steve Martin, who, along with his wife and dog, was left unhoused after the fires. For now, thanks to Project Turnkey, they have a safe place to rest their heads at night.

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