Housing & Homelessness

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.


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 on 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 for 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 to Host Homelessness Advisory Council Meeting

Jun 19, 2019
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.

Photo Courtesy of Lincoln County

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.