Housing & Homelessness

Amy Brenneman / KLCC News

For low income residents with a disability, affording rent can be challenging. But Homes for Good recently received funds to help non-elderly disabled persons in Lane County.

Brian Bull / KLCC

This summer, we reported on an initiative where homeless people were hired to clean up after encampments in the downtown Eugene area. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the service is back.

For many who are low-income or homeless, Thanksgiving may involve a meal at a soup kitchen. But for some, the holiday is a party.

Stephen Sheehan/Brian Bull / Elk Horn Brewery/KLCC

Ongoing vandalism and harassment against area shops and restaurants are straining relationships between businesses and the homeless community. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a new group of business owners is imploring officials to confront an issue they say only keeps getting worse.

A small homeless encampment in downtown eugene was forced to move Tuesday. A business at 13th and Lincoln Street requested police service in removing tents and belongings from a right of way. Melinda McLaughlin is with E.P.D.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Dozens of county officials are in Eugene this week, for the annual Association of Oregon Counties conference.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the keynote issue is housing.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

Homeless services in the state have gotten some much needed financial help, including some in Lane County. Oregon Housing and Community Services awarded over $1.7 million to organizations across the state to help aid emergency homeless shelters.

Recorded On: November 8, 2019

Air Date: November 11, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Tiffany Eckert

Last week, Egan Warming Center created a pop-up shelter due to an unseasonal cold snap. KLCC spoke with regional warming centers about their preparations as winter approaches.


Tiffany Eckert

Every two years, qualified applicants are chosen to receive housing subsidies under the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program. Most know it as Section 8. On November 12th the Wait List will re-open in Lane County. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports how dire straits in the rental market has prompted the public housing authority to “work outside of the box” to get more low-income individuals and families into permanent housing.

Homes for Good

Lane County’s public housing authority, Homes for Good, has announced the Section 8 Wait List for rental assistance vouchers will soon re-open. It’s the first time in two years. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

Housing Works

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for new apartment complexes in Redmond. The development will provide the city with more affordable housing.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

Lane County’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP is still waiting for federal funding for the upcoming winter season. But, they’re still accepting waitlist applications starting November 1st 

City of Eugene

Eugene city councilors weighed in on a series of motions on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), on Wednesday. Councilors ended their work session by holding off on a final vote that would have loosened restrictions on owner occupancy and parking requirements.

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. As part of our series on Oregon's Natural Resources and Resilience funded by the UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, 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.

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