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Medford Considers Hiring Homeless People To Clean Streets

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Medford is one of many cities dealing with rising numbers of people living on the streets.  And along with them come rising complaints about trash and a general decline in cleanliness downtown. 

The city government and Rogue Retreat, which works to house homeless people, are working together on a concept in which people seeking shelter would take part in cleaning up the streets.  Similar programs already exist in Washington, DC and other cities. 

Medford City Manager Brian Sjothun wears an additional hat as the board chair of the Continuum of Care in the Rogue Valley.  He joins us to talk about the "Street Sweep" concept and other ideas for addressing homelessness issues in the community.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.