Lane Events Center offers temporary shelter for homeless

Due to those protocols, the respite center will serve up to 15 vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness.

Posted: Sep 13, 2020 8:16 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2020 11:42 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. --- The Lane Events Center is offering temporary overnight shelter for vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness.

Lane County has authorized the use of the Expo Center at the Lane Events Center/Fairgrounds for a 24/7 clean air shelter, operated by the City of Eugene.

This is effective immediately and will be consistent with public health protocols for COVID-19. Due to those protocols, the respite center will serve up to 15 vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness.

Access to the overnight respite center is through referral through White Bird. You can visit them at 341 E. 12th Ave., or call their 24-hour crisis line 541-687-4000.

The City of Eugene is contracting with St. Vincent DePaul to open the center which will offer shelter through 9 a.m. on Tuesday, at which time they will assess the need to extend services.

The Hilyard Community Center will also offer daytime clean air shelter on Monday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The City and County are requesting the help of identifying additional respite sites.

The City of Eugene and Lane County have been working together to establish clean air shelters since Wednesday, September 9. These started out at Hilyard and Petersen Barn Community Centers and the Lane Events Center for people who do not have access to indoor shelter. The shelters were consolidated into one shelter at the Lane Events Center which was staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. this weekend.

Additionally, Lane County continues to work with homeless service providers to provide N95 masks for distribution, so far supplying 300.

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