Council Discusses Homeless Camping Sites

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Council will discuss the issue of homeless camping at its meeting Monday night. The focus will be about a proposed pilot project. Mayor Kitty Piercy says the project proposed by councilors will include looking at one or more sites to allow overnight camping. Guidelines will include no more than 15 … Continue reading »

Opportunity Village Opens

EUGENE, Ore. — Opportunity Village became a reality; a plan just more than a year ago, it now has residents. Opportunity Village currently has 14 residents and they’re all excited to be a part of this growing project. So far, they’ve helped build micro houses and are hoping to transition into a more permanent situation … Continue reading »

Taking On Homelessness

EUGENE, Ore. — The topic of homelessness has been center of attention locally due to the SLEEPS movement. Many people have asked why SLEEPS members don’t consider options like Opportunity Village. Opportunity Village president Dan Bryant says there are more than 1,000 people wandering the streets in Eugene. With limited space, Opportunity Village can’t house … Continue reading »

Councilors Revisit Homeless Issues

EUGENE, Ore. — The issue of homeless will be top of mind as Eugene City Councilors return from summer break. Councilors are in for a long night that will include a regular meeting and two work sessions, Monday. While not all topics are expected to be about homelessness, it will be a hot topic. The … Continue reading »

Homeless Shelter Receives Grant

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A homeless shelter is expanding its services to women and children thanks to a $35,000 grant. Community Outreach is the only family shelter in town, and it will be able to offer more services to its transitional women and children shelter. The $35,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will help the shelter … Continue reading »

Unwelcomed Group Sets Up Near SLEEPS

EUGENE, Ore. — The SLEEPS movement continues to grow in downtown Eugene and some of the new campers aren’t even affiliated with the activist group, but they say they also have a message to send. The activists camping out at Free Speech Plaza say they’re trying to make a statement about their right to sleep … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Expands

EUGENE, Ore. — As promised, the SLEEPS movement expanded Monday. The occupy movement opened two new sites, one in Skinner Butte Park and one just outside the fence at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Demonstrators say they chose this site because of the positive response from the community and plan to start making their presence known. … Continue reading »

Opportunity Village Breaks Ground

EUGENE, Ore. — Opportunity Village Eugene is ready to head into its construction phase. Friday the community gathered for their groundbreaking ceremony. The vacant lot which used be a trailer park will soon be the site of a village for the homeless. It will be equipped for 30 to 40 people. Those involved in Opportunity … Continue reading »

Jackson Street Youth Shelter Gets Grant

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Jackson Street Youth Shelter in Corvallis has received $132,000 thanks to a grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust. The shelter helps house 10 to 17-year-olds who are homeless or are at risk for homelessness. It says there are 500 homeless kids in Benton and Linn counties alone, and that’s 500 too … Continue reading »

BLM Closes Local Wetlands

EUGENE, Ore. — The clock is ticking for homeless people illegally camping in the west Eugene wetlands. The Bureau of Land Management will start evicting campers this week. People who frequent the area say while they’re disappointed by the closure, they’re looking forward to the upcoming changes. “I put in a proposal three years ago, … Continue reading »

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