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Devereux Center works to help homeless attain ID, hosts resource fair

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- The City of Coos Bay is moving ahead with plans to clean up illegal homeless camps.

The targeted camps are mostly in the Empire area.

The Nancy Devereux Center and other agencies will host a fair to connect people with resources.

The center's executive director says one of the biggest challenges for homeless is the need for identification.

"If you don't have a birth certificate you can't get state ID; if you don't have state ID, you can't get a birth certificate,” says center executive director Tara Johnson, “so it's a very vicious circle. We're hoping that people will contribute money to the Devereux Center with indication that it's for ID and we'll start working immediately on getting these people identification so that they can get a job."

The Devereux Center fair is on March 28 and 29.

The cleanup is scheduled for those same days.

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