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 »

Eugene Council Moves to Help Homeless

EUGENE, Ore. — Some residents are rejoicing to hear that their neighborhood won’t be housing the homeless anytime soon. Eugene City Council members reached that decision Wednesday afternoon. Eighth Avenue and Mill Street is one of the undeveloped city parcels still in the running as a potential site for a pilot program allowing overnight camping … Continue reading »

Church Seeks New Outreach Location

EUGENE, Ore. — A local church is looking for a new location to feed the homeless. Crossfire Ministries has been running its program “Field of Dreams” for 13 years under the Jefferson Street Bridge in Eugene. The program hands out free meals to the homeless. But because of a new skate park the city plans to build, … Continue reading »

New Eugene Women’s Center Opens

EUGENE, Ore. — There was much rejoicing Saturday morning at the grand opening of the Eugene Mission’s Women’s Center. The director says it’s been a long time coming. “It did take about a year and a half to build and you know it was a slow but steady process. And I think you’ll find out … Continue reading »

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