# Humanitarian crisis
Tackling homelessness is the first priority of Oregon Governor Kotek
Oregon Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek was sworn in on Monday, Jan. 9, and said her first order of business would be to tackle the homeless crisis in Oregon. According to a Fox News article written on Jan. 10, Kotek said she was going to declare a homeless state of emergency and sign an executive order to remedy the problem through housing construction on her first day in office.
Influx of Migrants Causes National Park to Close
While the focus has been on the El Paso sector of the border for migrant crossings, other areas of the United States are also dealing with an influx of migrants. Florida was one spot that dealt with a large group over the holiday weekend. A group of 300 Cuban and Haitian migrants arrived in boats and landed on the islands of Dry Tortugas National Park, which forced the park services to close the national park for the first time in history so they could assist and process the migrants. National Park Services says the park will be closed for several days while they provide care and coordinate transportation for the migrants.
How to Help Ukraine Immediately
The heartbreaking images streaming from Ukraine make us want to help. But how? Sending donations, either in the form of items or money, is one form of aid, but many of us wonder how long it will take for the assistance to arrive when the need is so immediate. While donations are very much needed, one grassroots way to get cash into the hands of Ukrainian residents instantly is by booking an Airbnb for a few days or weeks with no intention of showing. People have begun doing this and sending messages such as: “I just booked your listing in Kyiv. Of course, I won’t be showing, but I wanted to help.”