Housing & Homelessness

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.

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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. 

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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. 

Studio C Architecture

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.

  

  

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

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

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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.

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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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The perception that most homeless people are from out of town isn’t accurate, says a local official charged with analyzing the issue.

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Operators of emergency shelters in the Eugene-Springfield area are facing a new challenge this year: the COVID-19 pandemic.

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An early cold snap has prompted an emergency shelter response, so homeless people can escape freezing temperatures.

Brian Bull / KLCC

 

The Technical Assistance Collaborative report, known as the shelter feasibility study, was released in 2018 with a five-year goal of decreasing the number of chronic homelessness in Lane County. But, at the time it was created it wasn't using the best data, nor did it account for a global pandemic and a destructive wildfire.

Homes for Good

 

The wait-list for applicants with Project Based Voucher referals opened on Wednesday for the Commons on MLK. The studio apartment complex is one of the first housing developments geared toward ending chronic homelessness in Lane County.

 

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The Springfield City Council unanimously voted to amend an ordinance, expanding which commercial buildings can provide temporary emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness. 

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A new program supported by Willamette Family Treatment and St. Vincent de Paul aims to make behavioral and physical health care more accessible for unhoused people. Operating within walking distance from the Dawn to Dawn site and the Eugene Service Station, The Hub could be a “game changer.”

Lane County Public Health

Round three of Lane County’s Rent Assistance services for COVID-19 affected residents will open at 9 am, this Friday, October 16th.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council approved a motion, 6-2, on Wednesday to provide additional rest stops for unsheltered people. These sites could provide up to 100 beds, as well as storage space, hand washing stations, a kitchen area, and restrooms for the unhoused.

 

Brian Bull / KLCC

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and a recent grant, the Eugene Mission has re-invented its work with the unhoused. 

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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. 

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