Housing & Homelessness

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Air quality indexes range from “unhealthy” to “hazardous” across the region, as wildfires continue to burn. And homeless people remain limited in options.

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Affordable housing across Lane County remains a hurdle for many, the board of commissioners learned at their lates meeting Tuesday. 

Nathan Bouquet

To help its customers who are behind on utility payments due to the pandemic, the Eugene Water and Electric Board is doubling the amount of funding available in August for its bill repayment programs.

A new tracking system has been adapted to demonstrate the scope and need of homeless populations in Eugene and throughout Lane County.

Lane County

Lane County announced a second round of applications for rent assistance will become available at 9AM Wednesday morning and be open for one week. 

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The head of an affordable housing agency in Lane County says it’s an "exciting time" for them. 

A new apartment complex in Downtown Eugene’s Market District is releasing a general wait-list next week. The 50 unit facility will be for low-income tenants.

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.

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

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After both the City of Eugene and Lane County decided to close temporary emergency COVID-19 respite centers and camps, more than 100 protesters convened at a parking lot on Friday. 

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.

Tiffany Eckert

In late March, Lane County opened two temporary homeless shelters to provide respite during the COVID-19 pandemic. County officials say those centers will close Friday morning. Plans for where scores of unhoused people will be allowed to relocate remain uncertain.

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Lane County renters who have lost income or have had health effects related to COVID-19 could be eligible for some help. Wednesday morning, applications for rent assistance will be available on the county's website.

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Temporary COVID-19 homeless respite centers in Eugene and Springfield are expected to close when Lane County enters Phase Two of reopening. County officials are eyeing a June 5 end date. The City of Eugene will also shutdown their Designated Temporary Shelter Sites, but they'll wait until the county has been approved to enter Phase Two.

City of Eugene

Eugene City Councilors took action on three housing ordinances Tuesday night. This includes the Downtown Riverfront redevelopment project, the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption Program (MUPTE) and the Low-Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemption (LIRHPTE).

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Those who have faced financial hardships due to the pandemic, may be concerned about being evicted. But Oregon renters cannot legally face eviction for at least another month.

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Lane County has found one solution to the potential challenges if members of its homeless population become sick with COVID-19.


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While the pandemic has disrupted services for the poor and hungry, a collaboration between Lane Community College and the Eugene Mission is making use of more than a ton of donated food.

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A recent survey conducted by unhoused service providers in Lane County found most unhoused youth have been sheltering in unsafe conditions. It estimates more than 75 youth are in need of help.

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Public closures in Lane County have made it difficult for at-risk residents to access supplies without potentially exposing themselves to COVID-19. But the Lane County Mutual Aid Network is working to reach more people.

The City of Eugene

The cities of Eugene, Springfield and Lane County have jointly opened two temporary shelters. The unhoused can now stay in the parking lots of both Amazon and Hilyard Community Centers.

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Lane County staff are drafting a proposal that would require lodgers to allow unhoused individuals with COVID-19, or those awaiting test results, to stay in their facilities. The Board of County Commissioners greenlit the effort Tuesday.

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For the past three weeks schools have closed and most public spaces have shut down in Oregon. This has homeless providers in Lane County concerned youth will fall under the radar as officials scramble to meet the needs of high-risk groups. Advocates are pushing for greater resources and funding, including a youth shelter.

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene has started mobilizing outreach teams to check on unhoused people this week. The groups offer food, water, and COVID-19 information.

Lane County

The Lane County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to buy a $1.8 million building in Eugene. The site will serve as a place to house homeless people experiencing, and recovering from non-severe COVID-19 symptoms. This also includes those waiting to get test results back.

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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.

Eugene Mission

As health and government officials move to enact new recommendations and mandates each day to suppress the spread of COVID-19, the largest emergency shelter in Oregon is trying keep pace.

Kate Brown

 

Today, Governor Kate Brown issued a 90-day order to temporarily stop residential evictions for nonpayment due to the spread of coronavirus in Oregon.

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To help combat the spread of the coronavirus in Lincoln County, officials are providing 40 motel room vouchers for the county’s unsheltered population. The idea is to provide a warm, safe place to stay for the homeless while most of the state has been advised to stay home.

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Washing your hands with soap and water has long been touted by health officials to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other diseases. For Lane County’s 2,000 plus unhoused population, that could be a problem. The county says they’re working on a solution.

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