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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 1, 2020
Contact:
Kelsey Mae Crane, Education and Outreach Specialist, Community Planning and Economic Development Department, (360) 867-2490, or kelsey.crane@co.thurst

Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing on Renewal of Interim EHO


OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 3 p.m. to receive public testimony on the proposed renewal of the county's interim Emergency Housing Ordinance (EHO). The EHO is the county's interim regulation related to emergency homeless encampments.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this public hearing will be conducted virtually. Those wishing to participate in the public hearing can connect at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/Pages/agendas.aspx. Citizens have the option to connect to the public hearing by video conference or phone.

What: Public Hearing on the Renewal of Interim Emergency Housing Ordinance #15792
When: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 3 p.m. or soon thereafter
Where: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/Pages/agendas.aspx

The public hearing will also be live-streamed on the county's YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/c/thurstoncountywashington.

The EHO, adopted on June 25, 2019, provides for a waiver of some requirements for emergency homeless encampments located in unincorporated Thurston County during emergencies declared by the Board of County Commissioners or Board of Health.

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you can submit written comments to Kelsey Crane, Education and Outreach Specialist, at kelsey.crane@co.thurston.wa.us no later than Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 2 p.m. You can also mail written comments to:

Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development

Attn: Kelsey Crane, Education and Outreach Specialist

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW

Olympia, WA, 98502

Written comments will be read aloud at the virtual public hearing. The Board may take action following the public hearing, or at any regularly scheduled meeting thereafter.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3