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Lane County has found one solution to the potential challenges if members of its homeless population become sick with COVID-19.


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The tiny home community, called Jeffrey Commons, was a project started by Sponsors. The Eugene nonprofit aims to reduce recidivism through affordable housing.

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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. 

Recorded On: February 22, 2019

Air Date: February 25, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

“The Way Home” is a partnership project of Sponsors, Inc., Lane County Parole and Probation, and Homes for Good.  It is a Lane County reentry collaborative effort formally launched in September 2018. In the next two years, the project will begin providing 100 units of permanent, supportive housing to individuals with conviction histories in Lane County.

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In 2018 there were close to 15,000 people serving time in prisons across the state, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections. As of last month over 500 people were released into Lane County.

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A Lane County partnership has developed a new framework for reducing recidivism. If all goes well, that plan could become a national model.

Tiffany Eckert

A new affordable housing community had its grand opening in Lane County, Monday. The Oaks at 14th will provide housing to an especially underserved population: people with criminal histories who have served their time and want to rejoin society.

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A new mural was unveiled Wednesday at Sponsors, which provides support for people re-entering society after being in prison.

Funds Approved For Ex-offender Housing In Eugene

Jul 22, 2015
Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced state funding awards for 13 affordable housing developments. They will include a Eugene project for ex offenders looking to make a new start. 

Oaks at 14th will offer 54 units on oak patch rd in west Eugene.  The one bedroom apartments will provide permanent, affordable housing to ex offenders who have been successful in transitional housing facilities.  Steve Ochs is with the Lane County Housing Agency, which will oversee the development:

Rachael McDonald

A plan to build long-term housing for people who've been in prison is raising objections from neighbors. The proposal is to put in a 60 unit building in the neighborhood of Acorn Park in West Eugene.

Sponsors is a program that helps people who've been in prison get back into society. Director Paul Solomon:

Solomon: "Re-entry services consist of transitional housing, long-term housing, employment services, mentoring and a range of other services designed to help people transition successfully back into the community."

Jes Burns

Incarcerated mothers have a new place to re-connect with their kids after they get out of prison.  Thursday, the re-entry services group "Sponsors" cut the ribbon on a new house in Eugene that will provide a place for families to get a new start.

Each of the five modest-sized bedrooms has its own bathroom and one wall painted a bright-cheery color.  In about a week, women will begin moving into Bothy Cottage in the Jefferson-Westside neighborhood.  Each will be joined by up to two of their children.