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Homeless Advocate Shares Concerns, Solutions In Wake Of Lane County Shelter Shutdowns

Chris Hecht

Many advocates in Lane County are worried about the chronically unhoused and what will happen to them after today’s (Friday) closure of two COVID-Relief respite shelters. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reached out to White Bird Clinic—an organization with 50 years’ experience of helping people on the streets. Executive Coordinator Chris Hecht talks about his concerns and what kinds of solutions they advocate for.

Credit Bill Holderfield
Gerty Ferguson, masked against COVID-19 threats, provides information and referral services at White Bird's Resource Distribution Site in Eugene

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Sarah Williams prepares to leave the respite center in Eugene's Lane Events Center after living there for 2 months during the pandemic shut down. She says she is not sure where she will go tomorrow.
Credit Tiffany Eckert
Tents are still pitched in the lot of the fairgrounds on the eve of Lane County's closure plan for COVID-Relief respite centers in Eugene and Springfield.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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