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In this December 2022 file photo, Shellie Macvane, 38, shivers in her tent on NE Hunnell Road in Bend, where temperatures hovered at 6 degrees.

Cheyenne Purrington, who was hired in September to lead a countywide effort to battle homelessness, resigned Tuesday, citing a lack of coordination and support as her reasons for leaving.

Upcoming efforts in Redmond, Bend and rural Deschutes County to remove roughly 800 people living in tents, cars and makeshift shelters left Purrington feeling personally and professionally conflicted, she said in a five-page memo detailing her resignation as director of the Coordinated Houselessness Response Office. She wrote those efforts lacked "sufficient planning, resource allocations or service provision."

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