Collaboration to End Vet Homelessness

EUGENE, Ore. — Homelessness is a problem many veterans experience locally and across the country. But, a collaboration between Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield is hoping to put fourth a housing first model, so no veteran has to live on the streets. Charles Platt is a local veteran who’s now managing a … Continue reading »

Handling Homelessness Across the Nation

EUGENE, Ore. — One doesn’t need to go very far to find signs of homelessness in Eugene. Panhandlers seemingly stand guard at just about every corner. On any given night in the state of Oregon, 15,828 have no place to call their own. Of that, 1,751 are in Lane County. Lane County spends about $8.3 … Continue reading »

Whoville Campers Given 30 More Days

EUGENE, Ore. — Illegal campers living at the site called Whoville have 30 more days before they’re forced out. The Eugene City Council decided Wednesday that they need to provide the 40 or 50 people living there a new place to go, before making them leave. The one approved rest stop for homeless campers in … Continue reading »

Springfield Police Clear Homeless Camps

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A day after the city of Eugene told homeless campers they needed to leave their site at Broadway and Hillyard, the city of Springfield cleared out homeless campers along the Willamette River. The Springfield Police Department said it gets calls about illegal homeless campers daily, which is why it’s now clearing out … Continue reading »

Egan Warming Centers Asking for Help

EUGENE, Ore. — The Egan Warming Centers say they’re facing a crisis with cold weather approaching and not enough capacity to meet the need. The centers offer a warm place to sleep for people in Eugene and Springfield when the temperature drops below 30 degrees. They can help between 300 and 320 people, depending on … Continue reading »

Homeless Vet Finds Help

EUGENE, Ore. — On any given night, more than 300,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters across America. “Memorial Day is a wonderful time to remember all the men and women who help our country stay the beautiful country that it is,” said Rebecca Larson, Saint Vincent de Paul’s Public Relations Director. That … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Protesters Arrested

EUGENE, Ore. — More than a dozen protesters linked to an offshoot of the Occupy Eugene movement were cited for trespassing Monday night. Activists with SLEEPS moved back to the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza Monday morning. More than 100 people were still present when the plaza closed down at 11 p.m. Monday, leading Eugene … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Back at Free Speech Plaza

EUGENE, Ore. — Homeless advocacy group SLEEPS is back protesting in Free Speech Plaza. The group has been evicted from that location twice already, but activists keep coming back. On Monday they set their tents back up again. The plaza is closed from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m., so protesters say they will be interested … Continue reading »

SLEEPS’ Federal Courthouse Eviction

EUGENE, Ore. — SLEEPS has been on and off the steps of the old and new Federal Courthouses over the past couple of weeks to send a message about constitutional rights–specifically the 8th amendment–with regard to the right to sleep in public places. The group received word Friday night from the Government Services Administration through … Continue reading »