Housing & Homelessness

Brian Bull / KLCC

Oregon lawmakers have failed to advance a bill that would give unhoused people the right to remain in public places without being told to move along.

  

Bradley W. Parks / OPB

 

In 2019, 41% of surveyed Oregon community college students experienced food insecurity. Statewide, roughly 1 in 4 Oregonians are experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

To help people put more food on the table, KLCC is hosting a virtual information session on the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program, or SNAP.

City of Eugene

Eugene city councilors voted unanimously on Wednesday to boost capacity at temporary shelter sites for tents and parking. The city aims to prioritize people living in areas unsanctioned for camping. 

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council heard public testimony Monday night on a proposal to expand places for people who are homeless to park and tent-camp.

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Vehicle camping in Eugene has surged over the past year with the city receiving hundreds of complaints from community members and businesses owners. The city council will consider how to solve this problem and where to allow vehicle campers Monday night.

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The Eugene City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold a public hearing on an ordinance that would increase the capacity of temporary camping and parking sites.

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Lane County will add two new microsites in Eugene for the unhoused at the end of April. While temporary, the county plans to reuse the sites for emergency shelter during the winter season.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

A former Lane Community College building could find new life as a first-of-its kind affordable housing site in downtown Eugene. 

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The city of Eugene and Community Supported Shelters unveiled a new rest stop for the unhoused on Thursday. The Westmoreland Park site is one of five locations that will go up around the city.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Funding for emergency rental assistance for Lane County residents will be available once again. Eligible applicants can apply Friday March 19 between 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A new outreach initiative by HIV Alliance will provide medical care and housing support to homeless people across Lane County. 

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Eugene’s Red Lion Hotel will soon house people displaced by last year’s severe wildfires.  Lane County Human Services has purchased the building through Project Turnkey, a state initiative that funds the purchase of hotels and motels for housing purposes. 

Program Date: Feb. 19, 2021

Air Date: Feb. 22, 2021

This City Club program is the third in a three-part series on local housing issues.

From The City Club of Eugene:

Eviction has been described as “the nuclear option” to address disputes between tenants and landlords, and the most common cause of eviction is the nonpayment of rent. Evictions initiate a cycle of housing instability for the renter—especially in markets like Eugene with little available housing—and they are time-consuming, stressful, and expensive for the landlord.

Program Date: Feb. 12, 2021

Air Date: Feb. 15, 2021

This City Club program is the second in a three-part series on local housing issues.

From the City Club of Eugene:

Oregon’s Legislature took the historic step to re-legalize traditional “missing middle housing” in 2019, but the work to build housing diversity and more inclusive neighborhoods has just begun.

Program Date: February 5, 2021

Air Date: February 8, 2021

This City Club program is the first in a three-part series on local housing issues.

From The City Club of Eugene:

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Eugene’s Homes for Good celebrated the grand opening of their latest development, the Commons on MLK on Thursday.

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The City of Eugene recently adjusted policies on urban camping given COVID-19. But, advocates say the rules only dictate where the unhoused can’t stay, not where they can.

Brian Bull / KLCC

McKenzie River Corridor residents displaced by last year’s Holiday Farm Fire have some new housing options available starting today.

St. Vincent de Paul

Newly-discharged PeaceHealth patients who are homeless now have an option for safe shelter. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

While communities across the country have delayed or cancelled their annual homeless point-in-time counts because of COVID-19, Lane County will proceed with theirs this year. They’re relying on a database to conduct the count safely.

Normally, Lane County counts the unsheltered with hundreds of volunteers who find and survey people who may be homeless. 

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A new affordable housing development in Roseburg is set to open in April this year, and will begin accepting applications for eligible renters on Jan. 15

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The advocacy group, Stop Death on the Streets held their 2nd annual vigil in Eugene on Friday Jan. 8. About 100 people came to mourn the lives of homeless people who died in the past year. 

Lane County & Better Housing Together

Lane County Board of County Commissioners approved an affordable housing action plan conducted by Better Housing Together on Wednesday. The goal is to increase housing options and reduce the risk of homelessness.

Wendy Machalicek

Second graders at El Camino del Rio are holding a winter gear drive Thursday, Dec. 17 for Egan Warming Center. A classroom lesson turned into real life action.

  

  

Chris Lehman / KLCC

For Oregonians that have been struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 crisis, the next few weeks could be dire.

Bradley W. Parks / OPB

For thousands of Oregonians unable to pay their rent, the next four weeks will be crucial.

Melorie Begay / KLCC News

After reaching a land agreement last week to lease land from the Oregon Department of Transportation, the city of Eugene removed homeless campers living near the I-105 bridge, on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Lane County has begun dispersing Pallet shelters to its cities, including loaning several to smaller communities. The temporary structures are part of an effort to increase non-congregate shelter options for the unhoused.

Egan Warming Center on Facebook

As temperatures decline, Egan Warming Center is keeping a watchful eye on the forecast. The Eugene/ Springfield organization is struggling amidst the pandemic to help the unhoused find shelter from the cold.


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