Housing & Homelessness

Tiffany Eckert / KLCC

Eugene’s White Bird Clinic will release a free comprehensive guide book for Lane County’s unhoused population. The pilot project combines a list of about four hundred resources.

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

With homelessness reaching what one official calls “epidemic proportions,” the City of Eugene and Lane County have jointly come up with additional funding to keep two services operational. 

Housing Works

Housing Works is the affordable housing provider in Central Oregon. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the agency has announced the yearly wait list for Section 8 housing vouchers will open for five days next week.

Stephen Sheehan

Continued “lawlessness” by some transients in Eugene has hurt downtown businesses over the holiday season.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

 

Over one hundred people gathered in Eugene last night to hold a vigil for those who have lost their lives while living on the street.

First Congregational Church

In May 2018, the Eugene city council amended land use code R1 to allow places of worship to build up to two housing units for low-income residents. Now, the Parkside transitional housing units are welcoming two single mothers and their children.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Homeless advocates are cheering the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal in a pivotal case out of Idaho.  KLCC’s Brian Bull got reaction from someone living on the streets of Eugene.

Coquille Indian Housing Authority

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded over $38.9 million in Indian Housing Block (IHB) Grants to 52 tribes nationwide. HUD received almost 200 applications from eligible Native American Tribes and tribally-designated housing entities. Of the 12 tribes and villages awarded in the northwest, two Oregon tribes received funds to preserve and expand their affordable housing.

Rachael McDonald

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

City of Eugene

Cities with scarce housing across the county are grappling with how to regulate short-term rental businesses like Airbnb. Eugene City Council this week moved to create an advisory committee for further guidance.

Amy Brenneman / KLCC News

For low income residents with a disability, affording rent can be challenging. But Homes for Good recently received funds to help non-elderly disabled persons in Lane County.

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.

For many who are low-income or homeless, Thanksgiving may involve a meal at a soup kitchen. But for some, the holiday is a party.

Stephen Sheehan/Brian Bull / Elk Horn Brewery/KLCC

Ongoing vandalism and harassment against area shops and restaurants are straining relationships between businesses and the homeless community. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new group of business owners is imploring officials to confront an issue they say only keeps getting worse.

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Dozens of county officials are in Eugene this week, for the annual Association of Oregon Counties conference.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the keynote issue is housing.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

Homeless services in the state have gotten some much needed financial help, including some in Lane County. Oregon Housing and Community Services awarded over $1.7 million to organizations across the state to help aid emergency homeless shelters.

Recorded On: November 8, 2019

Air Date: November 11, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Tiffany Eckert

Last week, Egan Warming Center created a pop-up shelter due to an unseasonal cold snap. KLCC spoke with regional warming centers about their preparations as winter approaches.


Tiffany Eckert

Every two years, qualified applicants are chosen to receive housing subsidies under the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program. Most know it as Section 8. On November 12th the Wait List will re-open in Lane County. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports how dire straits in the rental market has prompted the public housing authority to “work outside of the box” to get more low-income individuals and families into permanent housing.

Homes for Good

Lane County’s public housing authority, Homes for Good, has announced the Section 8 Wait List for rental assistance vouchers will soon re-open. It’s the first time in two years. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

Housing Works

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for new apartment complexes in Redmond. The development will provide the city with more affordable housing.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Lane County’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP is still waiting for federal funding for the upcoming winter season. But, they’re still accepting waitlist applications starting November 1st 

City of Eugene

Eugene city councilors weighed in on a series of motions on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), on Wednesday. Councilors ended their work session by holding off on a final vote that would have loosened restrictions on owner occupancy and parking requirements.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The unhoused population in the Eugene area has put the city first in the U.S. for homelessness, according to a new survey that used last year's federal data. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

It’s looking like residents of the Patrician Mobile Home Park in Springfield may have to move. After several delays on a vote, the Springfield City Council has approved the rezoning of the land to mixed-use commercial.

Brian Bull, KLCC

As temperatures begin to drop, St. Vincent de Paul is continuing preparations for their Egan Warming Center program. This season they’re opening two new shelter sites, including one in Springfield. 

Rachael McDonald

The Board of Lane County Commissioners this week discussed winter strategies for homeless services. They’re looking at how to better serve unsheltered youth in the community. 

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.

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