Homelessness

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  • On Oct. 31, 2018, the Eugene City Council voted to move forward with a partnership with Lane County to support a temporary shelter site on Highway 99, in lieu of the City Hall site. The Council also directed staff to continue working towards finding a site for a downtown day center that would connect people experiencing homelessness with needed services.
  • In March 2018, the City of Eugene and Lane County contracted with the non-profit Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) to conduct a homeless services system analysis and shelter study for our community. On October 10, TAC presented some of their preliminary findings and recommendations to a Joint Meeting of the City Council and Lane County Commissioners. View the webcast and materials, or learn more about the overall project and provide feedback at Lane County's website.
  • The City of Eugene is contracting with St. Vincent de Paul to provide a no-cost day storage pilot service in downtown Eugene. Find more information under the City's Homelessness webpage.  
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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 housing, health and human services in the region.
  • 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 fight poverty and 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.

Current Statistics

Graph showing annual unsheltered point-in-time counts


1,642 people were counted as homeless in Lane County during the Homeless Point-in-Time Count conducted on January 31, 2018.


Of the 1,642 people counted:

  • 412 individuals were staying in Emergency Shelter
  • 95 individuals were in Transitional Housing (up to 24 months) designated for people experiencing homelessness
  • 1,135 men, women and children were without shelter

Characteristics:

  • 251 family members in homeless households with children: 138 sheltered, 113 unsheltered
  • 173 homeless veterans
  • 713 chronically homeless people: 112 sheltered, 600 unsheltered
  • 547 people self-reported a mental illness
  • 412 people have chronic alcohol/substance abuse that prevents them from stable housing
  • 25 unaccompanied homeless youth (under 18)

Causes of homelessness include, but are not limited to:

  • Housing and rent costs that are rising much faster than wages
  • Growing competition for a limited supply of affordable housing
  • Mental health and addiction services that do not meet the need
  • Domestic violence
  • Circumstances of abuse, personal trauma and hardship

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