Housing & Homelessness

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An online apartment locator and rental advisement service ranks Oregon first among states where it may be more affordable to rent than buying a home.

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene City Council will decide Monday on a proposed ordinance revision to give property owners the ability to remove people for trespassing in the planting spaces between the curb and the sidewalk.

A small homeless tent camp on 5th street in downtown Eugene is located in one of these “right-of-way” areas. It is unclear whether a decision to revise the city ordinance will affect how police will enforce trespass laws when dealing with the homeless.

Eric Jackson has been unhoused in Eugene or a year and a half.  

Tiffany Eckert

Homeless campers living in a row of tents in downtown Eugene say they are there in protest. The campers object to the lack of shelter in the city center and claim mistreatment by local business owners.

Corvallis City Club

A community meeting will be held in Corvallis next Thursday in order to decide on bylaws for a homelessness advisory council. It’s designed to assess, plan and respond to homelessness issues in Benton County.


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. 


Brian Bull / KLCC

Homelessness in Lane County continues to rise, according to the latest Point-In-Time Count. The annual tally took place in January, it’s meant to give an estimate of how many people are living without homes.

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Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has approved funds to buy a vacant house in an effort to reduce recidivism in Newport. The home will provide stable housing for men at risk of homelessness after serving time.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Local emergency first responders partnered with mental health and homeless advocates to build a temporary housing hut in downtown Eugene.  Police Chief Chris Skinner says this is an example of 21st century policing.

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.

Tiffany Eckert

Every homeless kid out there has a story. In Part 2 of our series, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert shares the difficult experiences of a Springfield run-away teen who spent years living in the woods and on the streets-- before getting the social support that changed her life.

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. 


Eight of Oregon’s federally recognized tribes received over $15 million in annual funds for affordable housing from the federal government.  The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will use their $4 million grant to reduce homelessness in urban spaces.

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. 

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

A Eugene nonprofit broke ground on a new tiny home housing project, last Friday. The aim is to reduce homelessness and recidivism while keeping sustainability in mind. 

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

St. Vincent de Paul in Eugene completed renovations on their 10th home for their Veterans' Housing Project. The organization acquires and rehabs old houses for local veterans. 

ShelterCare

A Eugene nonprofit will receive more than half a million dollars from health organizations after their pilot program helped dozens of homeless people find housing.

Egan Warming Center Facebook Page

The Egan Warming Centers in Eugene and Springfield managed to keep around 500 homeless people safe and warm during last week’s snowstorm. However,  the organization is still in need of more volunteers for the remainder of March.

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugene and Lane County officials want to get all homeless people off the streets within a few years, an effort that’s bound to cost millions of dollars.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, one city leader is confident residents will support the initiative.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

After 8 years, Shelley Corteville has stepped down as director of Egan Warming Center, a network of sites where homeless people can keep warm when temps fall below freezing. Now, the advocate plans to focus on helping unaccompanied youth.

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.

Karen Richards

The director of Lane County's Egan Warming Center has reportedly resigned for personal reasons. An administrator says the program will continue to operate without disruption as St. Vincent de Paul looks to fill the position.

Tiffany Eckert

The temporary homeless encampment in north Eugene known as Camp 99 is officially closed. By late Wednesday afternoon, only a few campers were still moving out-- under the watchful eye of security guards and Eugene police. Lane County officials say cleanup of the property will beginThursday morning.

Several Lane County housing providers received a total of $2 million in grant money from the Lane County Board of Commissioners. The funds will go toward projects meant to reduce homelessness through permanent supportive housing.