EUGENE, Ore. — One doesn’t need to go very far to find signs of homelessness in Eugene. Panhandlers seemingly stand guard at just about every corner. On any given night in the state of Oregon, 15,828 have no place to call their own. Of that, 1,751 are in Lane County.
Lane County spends about $8.3 million a year on homeless services. $2.1 million comes from the City of Eugene to fund a variety of homeless and sheltering services like the city car camping program and most recently, rest stops. But in the middle of budget crisis, the money spent or not spent on homeless services is often scrutinized.
KEZI 9 News Reporter Nha Nguyen takes a look at how other cities across the country compare when it comes to dealing with the societal issue of homelessness.