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City of Eugene

As Lane County continues to re-open, temporary COVID-19 shelters for the unhoused are closing down. In response, the City of Eugene collaborated with the Eugene Mission and Community Supported Shelters to create a second microsite located in the Whiteaker neighborhood.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Homeless people will still be counted in the 2020 Census, despite delays due to the pandemic. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

Nearing its 31st anniversary, Eugene’s mobile intervention service, CAHOOTS – which stands for “Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets” – is busier than ever…and needing help.

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.

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Two shelter locations have opened this week in Eugene and Springfield that will operate 24/7. The aim is to give the unhoused refuge during the state mandated “Stay at Home” order. Meals, hygiene, medical care, and sanitization will be provided for individuals staying at the respite centers.

Lane County has been awarded over $3.5 million dollars to fund homeless assistance programs in 2020. It’s from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.

The funding has been allocated to county programs that help homeless people with permanent and transitional housing and a service known as “rapid re-housing.” Jason Davis is Lane County spokesman.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County may allow a small camp for people who are homeless on the fairgrounds in Eugene. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

This summer, we reported on an initiative where homeless people were hired to clean up after encampments in the downtown Eugene area. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the service is back.

A small homeless encampment in downtown eugene was forced to move Tuesday. A business at 13th and Lincoln Street requested police service in removing tents and belongings from a right of way. Melinda McLaughlin is with E.P.D.

Recorded On: November 8, 2019

Air Date: November 11, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Four Oregon healthcare organizations have committed $2.68 million to help fund an affordable housing complex in Eugene.

The 51-unit apartment building will go up on the north side of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, across the street from Autzen Stadium. The site is adjacent to Lane County Behavioral Health. Chronically homeless individuals will become tenants and receive round the clock support services.

Jennifer Jordan is with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. They contributed $500-thousand dollars toward the permanent housing project.

Tiffany Eckert

Next month, construction will begin on Lane County’s newest housing project to address chronic homelessness. The 51-unit complex, called The Commons on MLK, will go up across the street from Autzen Stadium in Eugene. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert walked the site and has this report.

Tiffany Eckert

A memorial was held Friday for a 57-year old woman who died on the streets of Eugene. Her death has once again raised the question of why more isn’t being done to shelter homeless people. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports from First Christian Church.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Scientists say there’s a 1-in-3 chance of a powerful earthquake hitting the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 years. Residents of the Cascadia Subduction Zone are advised to stockpile two weeks’ worth of water, food, and medical supplies should the “Big One” strike. As part of our series on Oregon's Natural Resources and Resilience funded by the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, economic disparities already divide those who can readily prepare, and those who will struggle to.

ShelterCare

The Executive Director of ShelterCare will retire at the end of this year. Susan Ban has led the human-services agency in the Eugene-Springfield community for over 28 years. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the announcement gives staff and volunteers opportunity to reflect on her work.

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene City Council voted 6 to zero last night (Monday,) to enable property owners to enforce trespass laws on planter strips-- the areas of land between the curb and sidewalk. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the new provision will take effect immediately.  

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene City Council will decide Monday on a proposed ordinance revision to give property owners the ability to remove people for trespassing on the planting spaces between the curb and the sidewalk.

A small homeless tent camp on 5th street in downtown Eugene is located in one of these “right-of-way” areas. It is unclear whether a decision to revise the city ordinance will affect how police will enforce trespass laws when dealing with the homeless.

Eric Jackson has been unhoused in Eugene for a year and a half.  

Tiffany Eckert

Homeless campers living in a row of tents in downtown Eugene say they are there in protest. The campers object to the lack of shelter in the city center and claim mistreatment by local business owners.

Tiffany Eckert

Not all homeless youth sleep on city benches or in tents. In fact, advocates say most unhoused kids in Lane County “couch surf” from place to place. And that makes them hard to identify and help.

In the final part of our series, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert introduces us to a Eugene teen who became parentless and homeless before caring adults stepped in to help.

Tiffany Eckert

The temporary homeless encampment in north Eugene known as Camp 99 is officially closed. By late Wednesday afternoon, only a few campers were still moving out-- under the watchful eye of security guards and Eugene police. Lane County officials say cleanup of the property will beginThursday morning.

Several Lane County housing providers received a total of $2 million in grant money from the Lane County Board of Commissioners. The funds will go toward projects meant to reduce homelessness through permanent supportive housing.

Tiffany Eckert

The deadline for people to move out of the temporary homeless camp on Highway 99 has been extended to Wednesday at dusk.

Brian Bull

At a special meeting Monday night, the Eugene City Council voted 7 to 1 to expand temporary homeless camping options at sites along Highway 99.

housethehomeless.org

Next month, dozens of homeless people camping along Highway 99 will move. The plan was approved by the Eugene City Council Monday night.

Melorie Begay

About a dozen people gathered in the rain to honor Major Thomas Egan, tonight. It’s been ten years since the homeless veteran’s death, and organizers say more needs to be done for people like him. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugene City Councilors voted 6 to 1 Wednesday against designating a homeless camp on Highway 99 as a Dusk to Dawn site. The designation would have meant funding and support from the city for St. Vincent de Paul to manage the site.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Commissioners Tuesday voted unanimously to place a curfew on the so-called “butterfly lot” property in downtown Eugene. A group of homeless people had camped there for several weeks in October and early November.

Tiffany Eckert

Under heavy police presence, about 15 homeless campers were evicted from the county-owned Butterfly lot in downtown Eugene Wednesday afternoon. The county cited health and safety issues as the reason for the abrupt action.

Tiffany Eckert

About a dozen tents have re-appeared on a concrete slab of county-owned property in downtown Eugene known as the “Butterfly” lot. Campers are back to protest how the city and county are dealing with homelessness. 

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene is moving fast to create a temporary homeless camp on the vacant lot where City Hall once stood. On Monday, the City Council formally approved the plan.

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