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Hut Will Offer Shelter To People In Crisis

Community Supported Shelters

White Bird Health Clinic is partnering with Eugene's Community Supported Shelters to provide a temporary shelter for people in mental health crisis. It's at the Roosevelt Safe Spot, a rest stop for the homeless.

White Bird runs an emergency response team, CAHOOTS. When people are having a mental health crisis, the team helps them figure out how to get help and often where to go. Ben Brubaker is a crisis worker and volunteer coordinator at White Bird.

Brubaker: "There really is a severe lack of emergency shelter options. Shelter options in general in this area. And there is a severe crunch statewide on mental health bed placements."

White Bird is partnering with Community Supported Shelters, which builds micro-houses called Conestoga Huts. A hut at Roosevelt Safe Spot will provide a short term home where individuals can recover from crisis. It will be jointly managed by White Bird, Community Supported Shelters and residents.

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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