The Mid-Columbia Community Action Council and Hood River Shelter Services have collaborated in recent years to provide shelter services in Hood River, and now the organizations will formally merge to provide coordinated services throughout the region. The merger was officially announced Tuesday. The boards of both organizations have been coordinating details to bring the two together in recent months, with the Hood River Shelter program brought under the MCCAC umbrella. Community Action Executive Director Kenny LaPoint said Community Action is committed to continuing to provide shelter services in Hood River County, and the shelter will be open at the same location on Oak Street for the coming winter season. Former Hood River Shelter Services director Sarah Kellems is taking on a new role as Community Action’s Development and Engagement Coordinator. The Hood River Warming Shelter was founded in 2009, and was under the non-profit umbrella of Gorge Ecumenical Ministries.