homelessness

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.

Lane County

In a move to symbolically reaffirm Lane County’s work toward addressing the issue, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution, 4-1, Tuesday. The resolution declares a homelessness emergency in Lane County.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A citizen member of Eugene’s budget committee and former legislative aide to State Representative John Lively has officially kicked off his bid for Eugene City Council, Ward 8.

31-year-old Ryan Moore studied political science at the University of Oregon, and volunteers with the Democratic Party of Lane County.  He says if elected, he’ll tackle several problems, starting with homelessness. 

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Business owners downtown are often tasked with cleaning up trash and waste left by transients. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new program aims to tackle that problem.

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.  

Lack of Water For Hygiene Can Perpetuate Homelessness

Jun 10, 2019
Denise Silfee

The latest point in time homeless count found that in Lane County more than 2,100  people are without adequate housing. People who are unhoused face challenges to their health, safety and well-being. 


May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Each week, KLCC addresses a topic surrounding mental health from a local perspective. This week, we’re talking about the mental health of children in Lane County.

Looking Glass

Following an unexpected loss of federal funding, a Eugene-area non-profit for runaway and homeless youth is getting a local boost.

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.

Jacob Abbatello

Homelessness is a pressing social issue confronting communities around the country and across Oregon. In Lane County, officials acknowledge a growing number of the homeless population are youth.

In part one of our series, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert shares the story of a young man who was homeless after he was kicked out of his house as a teen-- and the advocate who helped him get off the streets.

Organizations working to end youth homelessness in Lane County face increased need and limited resources. The county is applying for a grant through the Department of Housing and Urban Development which could amount to multi-millions to address the issue.

Rachael McDonald

A retired pastor is holding vigil in downtown Eugene over this holiday weekend to bring attention to the plight of people who are homeless. 


City of Eugene

An ordinance that would have fined motorists for giving or accepting items from pedestrians on the roadside was rejected by the Eugene City Council. 

Eugene City Website

The Eugene City Council listened to over 40 community members during a public hearing on a new panhandling ordinance last night. If passed, the city could start fining motorists $50 for handing out personal property, including money, to pedestrians on the street.

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Nearly $3.5 million in federal grants are coming to Lane County, to tackle homelessness. 

Tia Barnes

A group of youth took to the streets of Eugene last week to hand out care packages to people experiencing homelessness. The bags contained standard items like deodorant and toothpaste—and a mental health maintenance kit.

Tiffany Eckert

The City of Eugene and Lane County officials are throwing their support behind an ambitious proposal aimed at effectively ending homelessness in the region.

Denise Silfee

In Eugene, there are some innovative programs and initiatives to provide emergency shelter. That includes the Rest Stop program which offers small temporary dwellings for people who are homeless. As KLCC’s Denise Silfee discovered, while that shelter can save lives it doesn’t guarantee access to another basic human need: running water for drinking, hygiene and sanitation.


Tiffany Eckert / KLCC

In her second State of the City address Thursday night, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis acknowledged some of the promising steps taken in 2018 and what opportunities may lie ahead. The mayor drew down on four major priorities.

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The approach of a New Year often makes us reflect on the past one. In the case of KLCC news, there were many major stories, touching on politics to disasters to the arts.  We revisit some of the sounds and voices from just some of the top local stories for 2018.

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Roughly two dozen picketers gathered outside the Downtown Athletic Club at noon today, demanding Eugene businesses support a homeless shelter in the area. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

Starting today, traffic near Roosevelt Boulevard and Highway 99 on Eugene’s northwest side will be disrupted for at least a couple weeks. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Melorie Begay / KLCC

Thanksgiving preparations are underway at the Eugene Mission, where 700 people – including families – are expected to arrive Thursday.  It’s a part of the organization’s services for the homeless.

Tiffany Eckert / KLCC

For several weeks, passersby at Eighth Avenue and Oak Street-- outside the so-called “Butterfly” lot in Eugene-- have seen a homeless encampment expand. As the city solidifies plans to create a temporary homeless shelter downtown, some doubt that will be enough. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

Angela Kellner / KLCC

All 241 of Oregon's incorporated citites, both urban and rural, are members of the organization.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugene-area residents have until Monday night to share three words that describe the downtown.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Rachael McDonald

Advocates say one of the best ways to approach the problem of homelessness is to provide housing first. Then, issues around drug addiction and physical and mental health can be addressed in a safe, stable situation. One organization in Lane County is working to provide housing to those in need.

White Bird Clinic

Friends, family and countless members of Eugene's homeless community have lost a tireless advocate. Robert "Bob" Dritz, one of the earliest administrators of White Bird Clinic, died peacefully in hospice on January 15th.  For this tribute, KLCC's Tiffany Eckert sat down with two of his colleagues at White Bird to talk about the man and his legacy.


Tiffany Eckert

A chapel in Eugene overflowed with mourners Wednesday paying their respects to Carrie Lucinda Miller. The homeless woman, also known as “Mama Carrie,” was found dead on the steps of White Bird Clinic last week. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the memorial included stories, music and repeated calls for this community to protect its most vulnerable. 

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