Osarch Orak

Osarch Orak is executive director of LiFEBoat Services, which provides outreach to the homeless.

Five years after Astoria created a homelessness solutions task force, the city has made little progress.

Volunteers, advocates and nonprofits have stepped into the gap between talk and action through outreach like the Astoria Warming Center at First United Methodist Church, Helping Hands in Uniontown and LiFEBoat Services on Commercial Street.

Derrick DePledge is editor of The Astorian. Contact him at 503-791-7885 or ddepledge@dailyastorian.com.