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Oregon Tribe helps keep Eugene families from homelessness

A 10-thousand dollar grant from an Oregon tribe will help keep families in the Eugene area from homelessness. KLCC’s Briana Friden reports the funds for ShelterCare come from the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

ShelterCare provides a range of support services to the community’s homeless populations and people at risk of losing their homes.

The grant goes to ShelterCare’s Homelessness Prevention Program, which helps families on the brink of homelessness. Kelly Johnson, ShelterCare’s director of development, says this money will help alleviate financial stress. She says many people may only need one-time assistance.

“If we didn’t have this funding, they might slip through that crack, even though they’re fairly stable. They just have hit a blip in the road and this kind of emergency support is really critical.”

Johnson says most of their funding streams are tied to Government grants and highly regulated, so receiving private or flexible funding helps the program expand their services.  

The grant will help serve 10-15 additional families to the 190 that HPP serves annually.

ShelterCare employees were all smiles at the check presentation ceremony on January 9. From left to right are: Amber Cowles, lead case manager with the Homeless Prevention Program, Cheryl Breuer, development associate and Janice Daniels, development associate.
Credit Cheryl Breuer

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