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Pondering Prosperity Point
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Consideration by McMinnville officials to allowing Prosperity Point, a transitional housing opportunity for homeless individuals, to be constructed on Sunset Point Road continues this Tuesday, May 4, at 9 a.m.

A joint meeting of the city Building and Grounds Committee and the city Streets and Sanitation Committee has been arranged. The meeting will be continued discussion toward donating a portion of unused land at 946 Sunset Point Road to an organization called Homeless of McMinnville Effort, or HOME.

“It will be an on-site committee meeting,” said city administrator Nolan Ming. “They wanted to be able to see the property.” 

In February, HOME requested the city lease or sell a portion of its land for construction of Prosperity Point, a place that would provide individuals with a temporary housing opportunity as they transition from homeless to permanent housing. 

“This won’t be a tent city. It’s going to look nice,” said HOME co-founder Tina Higgins. 

Added co-founder Sheila Fann, “It’s not going to be a place where people go and stay forever. There will be term limits. It will be a soft place to fall for a short period of time.”

HOME board of directors member Bill Davis says the long-term plan is to construct a community center and 10 tiny homes, both single-person units and some slightly larger for families.

While officials did not approve the request, they did agree to consider it. Tuesday’s meeting will be a continuance of that consideration between Aldermen Sally Brock, Stacey Harvey, Rachel Kirby, Steve Harvey and Everett Brock. 

The joint committee meeting will be held at the city’s Transfer Station, located at 946 Sunset Point Road, at 9 a.m. on May 4.