State Releases Homeless Youth Report

EUGENE, Ore. — The number of homeless youth in Oregon is down, but education leaders say the numbers are still too high. The Oregon Department of Education released new numbers Thursday. About 18,000 students are homeless, down from 20,000 last year. Roughly 5 percent in Eugene and Springfield are homeless, about the same as last … Continue reading »

Homeless Coalition Finds Permanent Home

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A men’s homeless shelter now has a permanent address, after the Corvallis Homeless Coalition purchased a house last week. Homeless men will have a safe place to stay during the winter months, where they will have a warm bed to sleep in. It’s the men’s cold weather shelter, a facility the Corvallis … Continue reading »

Warming Center Seeks Volunteers

EUGENE, Ore. — The winter season is just around the corner, and temperatures are getting lower and lower. Wednesday, the Egan Warming Center is training volunteers for its mission to keep the homeless warm. Training kicks off at the Hosea Youth Site on Monroe Street. The center was inspired by homeless veteran Major Thomas Egan … Continue reading »

County Forms Poverty & Homeless Board

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Lane County Human Services opened its application process Thursday, for non-profits to apply for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding. On top of that funding, they’ve also announced a new Poverty and Homeless Board (PHB) to tackle the growing problem. The new Poverty and Homeless Board won’t set to work until … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Marches to Mayor’s Office

EUGENE, Ore. — Progress was made between SLEEPS and the city of Eugene Monday, as SLEEPS members met with Mayor Kitty Piercy. SLEEPS members who live at the Whoville camp say talking with the mayor was a step in the right direction. Both the mayor, and the four members in the meeting, say it was … Continue reading »

Whoville Works to Stay Dry

EUGENE, Ore. — Although they’re outside, the homeless campers at Whoville worked to stay dry from the rain, Monday. Campers say with the rain coming down and the season changing, it’s motivating them to up the effort to find a safe place to sleep even more. Many have gathered in a covered area to stay … Continue reading »

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 »

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