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Conversation Continues On Housing First

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Rachael McDonald
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At a meeting Wednesday the Eugene City Council and Human Rights Commission talked about ways to move forward to end the homeless crisis in the community.

The Commission asked the council to move toward a housing first model for homeless people. This means putting people into housing with social services support.  Human Rights Commission member Ken Neubeck says the community seems ready to take action.

Neubeck: “I think there’s a real desire to do more. There’s obviously not enough in the way of resources. So, we really need to increase the numbers of people involved in addressing these problems and tap into the creativity and mindfulness of a lot of people in the community.”

Neubeck says another huge need is for a publicly funded shelter for the homeless, which Eugene lacks. The HRC also wants Eugene police to stop citing people for sleeping on the streets, when they have nowhere else to go. EPD Chief Pete Kerns was at the meeting. Mayor Kitty Piercy has asked Governor Kate Brown to release funds to help end the homelessness crisis.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. 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. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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