Homelessness

Updates


  • In December 2018, the non-profit Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) released its final shelter feasibility study and homeless services system analysis for Lane County. The City of Eugene and Lane County contracted with TAC to provide information about our system-wide needs and gaps, as well as recommendations to make our system more effective at providing pathways out of homelessness.
  • On July 17, 2019, City Council took action to direct $1.9 million toward several key strategies for supporting implementation of the TAC recommendations. Strategies include the purchase of a structure to be used as a low-barrier emergency shelter, hiring a Strategic Initiatives Manager, piloting a mobile street team, piloting a landlord engagement program, and establishing a reserve contingency fund for emergent needs and opportunities. See the Agenda Item Summary from that meeting for more details.

Roles of Regional Agencies

While solutions to homelessness require a collaborative effort, entities in the region have specific roles to help combat this challenge:


  • The Lane County Human Services Commission and Human Services Department coordinate Eugene and Lane County’s various Continuum of Care services and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). They are the primary coordinating and decision-making entities for the bulk of federal, state and local funding spent on human service and housing programs for the homeless in our area.
  • Public and private non-profits, the faith community and community advocates provide indispensable on-the-ground services that people need in order to get back on their feet.
  • The City of Eugene is a collaborative partner in community efforts to reduce homelessness. The City contributes funding and policy leadership to the Human Services Commission and supports a number of additional programs and initiatives to address homelessness.

View the Lane County 2019 Point-in-Time Count Report for the most recent numbers of people experiencing both sheltered and unsheltered homelessness in Lane County.


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