Panhandler’s Paradise: Part 1

EUGENE, Ore. — You see them at every major intersection in Eugene–men and women holding cardboard signs asking for money, food, work. Some are friendly, some less so, but most of them are no stranger to the lifestyle. “I’ve been doing this for a couple of years, but I’ve been spare changing people for a … Continue reading »

Eugene Mission Celebrates Life Changes

EUGENE, Ore — The Eugene Mission is trying a different approach as homeless numbers continue to grow and, it seems to be working. This Saturday, the Mission celebrates the first graduates of its Life Change program.  A year ago, the Eugene Mission implemented the 24/7 holistic program, transforming the Mission from a homeless shelter to … Continue reading »

City To Clear Homeless Campers

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene will start clearing out the homeless camp at the corner of Broadway and Hilyard starting Tuesday, but campers say they want more time.  Those who’ve been camping at the site said they’re not happy with the way the city’s eliminating their camp. But, the city of Eugene said … Continue reading »

Heart for the Homeless Celebration

EUGENE, Ore. — Community leaders gathered Friday to honor local residents who finally have a place to call home. The annual Hearts for Homeless Celebration took place at St. Vincent de Paul’s First Place Family Center. Homeless advocates, along with Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, gathered to recognize formerly homeless families that have progress in getting … Continue reading »

Man Gets A Home For The Holidays

EUGENE, Ore. — A local family helps grant a Eugene homeless man’s holiday wish. Paul Ishmael spent the day sprucing up his brand new home. One of the families he does some property maintenance for offered him their trailer for his work. Ishmael has been sleeping in his car ever since he got laid off … Continue reading »

Property Owner Concerned Over New Camps

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council has narrowed down their choices for permanent homeless camp site to two, and one could be running in a few weeks. Those who would be living at the sites say they aren’t happy with the locations the city has chosen. A local man says he has some advice … Continue reading »

Church Works with FFLC to Feed Homeless

EUGENE, Ore. — A local church has been blessed with a partnership that will aid their mission to help homeless veterans. Westside Apostolic Church feeds the homeless every Friday. But this Friday, all the food came from Food For Lane County. Now the church is able to serve even more people in need and offer … Continue reading »

Lane County to Consider Plaza Closure

EUGENE, Ore. — The battle over the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza will continue this week as the Lane County Board of Commissioners will hold a special session on Wednesday to discuss how they will deal with the growing protest site and its related problems. The board is considering an emergency closure of the plaza … Continue reading »

Residents Fight Homeless Camping

EUGENE, Ore. — Some residents are sharing their frustrations about the idea that local homeless may be moving into their neighborhood park. The city is currently working to find a way to provide the homeless safe spaces to sleep overnight. During that process, a list of potential spots is being considered, including parks. Folks living … Continue reading »

Group Builds Conestoga Hut

EUGENE, Ore. — Volunteer organizations hope Conestoga Huts can provide shelter and warmth for the homeless community. Volunteers say the huts provide more than just a home,but a sense of community. “I actually stayed in one Conestoga one night when I first came to town and was homeless,” said Reagan Clark, volunteer. Reagan Clark is no … Continue reading »

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