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 »

New Women’s Center Set to Open

EUGENE, Ore. — A new building at the Eugene Mission is shining bright. Outside, the flowers are planted and the landscape is in. Inside, workers are busy checking off the last-minute to-do list, putting up hooks for coats and installing a security system. After more than a year of construction, the new $1.6 million women’s … Continue reading »

Eugene City Council Makes Homeless Plan

EUGENE, Ore. — The conversation has been going on for years–what can be done for Eugene’s homeless, particularly those who camp in local parks? The city council took big steps toward a solution Wednesday. Councilor Alan Zelenka proposed a motion that would create a 120-day pilot program. It would allow dusk to dawn camping at … Continue reading »

County Releases Homeless Numbers

EUGENE, Ore. — Fewer people are living on Lane County’s streets, but demand for homeless services is still great. Organizers of February’s one-night homeless count revealed their tally Tuesday. The homeless population decreased by about 400 people from 2011 to 2012, but shelters say they’re still slammed with requests. “The economy is definitely affecting people. … Continue reading »

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