Volunteers Count the Homeless

EUGENE, Ore. — Once a year, local agencies join forces to find out just how many homeless people are living on Lane County streets. Volunteers will be out Wednesday not just counting, but learning. Many of the organizations helping with the One Night Homeless Count do similar assessments on their own year-round. But on Wednesday, … Continue reading »

Protester’s 18th Day on Hunger Strike

EUGENE, Ore. — The group of protesters working to bring awareness to shelter and homelessness, called SLEEPS, is officially set up at both the old federal courthouse and the new one. One activist is taking on a sort of sub journey. Conrad Barney has been on a hunger strike for 18 days. Barney says he … Continue reading »

Protesters Rally for Homeless Rights

EUGENE, Ore. — Those fighting for a place for the homeless let their intentions be heard well before Monday’s city council meeting. A group called Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Place to Sleep (SLEEPS) held a rally outside the Lane County Courthouse. Demonstrators say the city council ignored them during the last meeting, so they thought … Continue reading »

Council Approves Homeless Housing

EUGENE, Ore. — The City of Eugene will move forward with plans to create a pilot program for Opportunity Village, a proposed living site for area homeless residents. City Council approved the project at Monday night’s council meeting, asking the City Manager to work with the city-owned site located on North Garfield. A non-profit organization … Continue reading »

Opportunity Eugene Discussions Continue

EUGENE, Ore. — Finding a permanent home for the homeless was the topic during public comment at the Eugene City Council meeting Tuesday. Councilors talked about the Opportunity Eugene plans. They heard testimony from homeless service providers like St. Vincent de Paul and ShelterCare. “People starving, or people not getting the proper medicare, that’s not … Continue reading »

Council Discusses Homeless Camp Plans

EUGENE, Ore. — City councilors moved forward with discussions on Opportunity Village, a temporary transitional shelter for the local homeless population in the form of a camp. At a meeting Wednesday at the Eugene Public Library, councilors looked at the logistics for what a possible site might look like. The council recognized a dire need … Continue reading »

Expert to Address Homeless Village

EUGENE, Ore. — A proposed homeless village will be the topic of a discussion being held Tuesday night. “Opportunity Village” is similar to homeless villages in Portland and Seattle. The committee in charge of the project has proposed the intersection of 13th Ave. and Chambers St. as a good site for such a village due … Continue reading »

Opportunity Village Proposes a Plan for a Homeless Community

EUGENE, Ore. — Opportunity Village Eugene is trying to find a place for the homeless members to stay on a semi-permanent basis. About a dozen people gathered at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tuesday night, to learn why homeless advocates are pushing for this village. The community would be a gated and have continuous oversight. Transitional … Continue reading »

Homeless Advocates Look to Construct Semi-Permanent Homeless Camp

EUGENE, Ore. — Homeless advocates are looking to construct a semi-permanent homeless village at a field on West 14th Avenue. The concern from community members is it’s across the street from Cesar Chavez Elementary School. Right now, three families who are a part of St. Vincent de Paul’s car-camping program use the site. Those families … Continue reading »

ODOT Builds Fence Under Bridge

EUGENE, Ore. — ODOT crews are building a $20,000 fence under the Franklin Boulevard Bridge. They’re trying to keep people from camping there. ODOT estimated it spends about $50,000 a year cleaning what it calls illegal camp sites. So after dealing with numerous health and safety issues, along with public complaints, ODOT decided to build … Continue reading »

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