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Sheltercare Receives Grant To Help House Homeless


Sheltercareof Lane County has received a half million dollars to get mentally ill homeless people into housing. That’s as the Eugene City Council passed a resolution calling for a Housing First model to address homelessness.

Ban: “It is housing first.”
Susan Ban is Executive Director for Sheltercare.
Ban: “So that we’ll be taking people who have long histories of homelessness and also a diagnosis of a psychiatric disability and putting them in housing and then wrapping services around them.”
The 556 thousand dollar grant from the Oregon Health Authority will help Sheltercare house up to 30 individuals. Ban says the funds are targeted toward veterans and young adults. Teens coming out of foster care are particularly vulnerable to homelessness. Sheltercare plans to partner with other agencies to provide the housing and services.
Sheltercare already manages 200 units for people who have come out of homelessness in the Eugene Springfield area.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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