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Many Live On The Brink Of Homelessness In Eastern Oregon


Marine Corps veteran Letitia Kidder stands in front of her Hermiston home. She's one of many in Umatilla County on the brink of homelessness.

Marine Corps veteran Letitia Kidder stands in front of her Hermiston home. She’s one of many in Umatilla County on the brink of homelessness.

E.J. Harris/East Oregonian

Letitia Kidder had planned to retire with her husband, sell their home and move out to the country. But when he died five years ago, Kidder found herself saddled with expenses she couldn’t afford — including her home.

The Hermiston house where she has lived for a decade was foreclosed on in June, giving Kidder six months to either come up with the funds or vacate.

“I have to be out at midnight on Christmas,” she said.

While the 2017 count by the state of Oregon found 55 homeless people in Umatilla County, many more like Kidder are on the brink of homelessness.

Read the full story at the East Oregonian.

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