Housing & Homelessness

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.

Tiffany Eckert

Next month, construction will begin on Lane County’s newest housing project to address chronic homelessness. The 51-unit complex, called The Commons on MLK, will go up across the street from Autzen Stadium in Eugene. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert walked the site and has this report.

Tiffany Eckert

A memorial was held Friday for a 57-year old woman who died on the streets of Eugene. Her death has once again raised the question of why more isn’t being done to shelter homeless people. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports from First Christian Church.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Scientists say there’s a 1-in-3 chance of a powerful earthquake hitting the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 years. Residents of the Cascadia Subduction Zone are advised to stockpile two weeks’ worth of water, food, and medical supplies should the “Big One” strike. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, economic disparities already divide those who can readily prepare, and those who will struggle to.

Recorded On: September 20, 2019

Air Date: September 23, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Lane County

In a move to symbolically reaffirm Lane County’s work toward addressing the issue, the Board of Commissioners passed a resolution, 4-1, Tuesday. The resolution declares a homelessness emergency in Lane County.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Hard drugs are driving up the numbers of homeless, says a non-profit group that helps the poor and unhoused. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a shelter that isn’t normally at capacity until winter is already packed.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The vote on whether or not to rezone a Springfield mobile home park has been put off until possibly later this month. 

The city has a budget of around $20,000 earmarked for the issue. Newport’s Homelessness Task Force has 15 recommendations they'll present to city councilors on Tuesday.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Coordinators with Egan Warming Centers have yet to find a new Springfield emergency shelter for the upcoming winter season. The St. Vincent de Paul program is exploring all possibilities, including buying a building. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

The City of Eugene continues to deal with homelessness.  Recently, this included sending out crews with the Lane County Sheriff's Department, Eugene Police, and the city's Parks and Open Spaces staff to gather and transport heavy amounts of waste that could endanger the environment or visitors.

ShelterCare

The Executive Director of ShelterCare will retire at the end of this year. Susan Ban has led the human-services agency in the Eugene-Springfield community for over 28 years. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the announcement gives staff and volunteers opportunity to reflect on her work.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a package of bills Thursday that she says will expand affordable housing opportunities in the state.

Top photo: Melorie Begay | Bottom photo: Saint Vincent de Paul

A Eugene Church recently broke ground on phase 2 of their housing initiative to help people in need of homes. The project comes a year after the congregation helped change a city land-use code. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

Business owners downtown are often tasked with cleaning up trash and waste left by transients. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new program aims to tackle that problem.

Recorded On: July 26, 2019

Air Date: July 29, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Community Supported Shelters

The city council voted 5-3 to amend a resolution on homeless rest stops, Monday. The revised ordinance give gives the city the ability to expand the overnight campsites.

Rachael McDonald

On Monday the Eugene City Council will consider changing an ordinance on overnight rest stops for the unhoused. The proposal would affect where the sites are located.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council voted on Wednesday to distribute nearly $2 million toward tackling homelessness in Lane County. This moves the city closer to establishing a low barrier public shelter.

Amy Brenneman / KLCC

Homes for Good is developing a new affordable housing complex on the corner of 6th and Oak Street in Eugene.

GoogleMaps Satellite View / Melorie Begay / Google.com / KLCC

A small homeless camp could soon be set up on a corner of the Lane County Fairgrounds.

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. 


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