November 2020: Winter Warming and Emergency Shelter StrategiesThe City is working in collaboration with Lane County and other partners on shelter strategies for the unhoused during freezing temperatures. The 5 new rest stops and additional microsites are expected to operate for at least 12 to 18 months. Additionally, Lane County is working to identify hotels/motels and other non-congregate sheltering options across the county. City of Eugene, Springfield, and Lane County are also supporting Egan Warming Centers through our Human Services Commission partnership. Egan Warming Center sites are currently limited to 50 people (40 guests, 10 volunteers) per site due to public health guidance. As a result, additional locations are needed for the winter that ideally provide space to host 20 to 40 guests (2,000 to 4,000 square feet of open space with heat and access to restrooms), and Egan is also seeking more volunteers.
October 2020: Progress Report on Technical Assistance Collaborative Report RecommendationsAt their Oct. 14 meeting, the Eugene City Council and Board of Lane County Commissioners received an update on the City and County’s work to implement the recommendations of the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) report. Watch a webcast of the meeting.
September 2020: Eugene Council Approves Five New Rest StopsIn response to the growing need for safe places for homeless individuals to sleep and the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19 in the community, the Eugene City Council approved the establishment of five new rest stop sites at its meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Intended to be operational before the end of this year, the new Rest Stops will provide a safe space for 75 to 100 people and be located across five different wards.
July 2020: Tracking and Reporting Homeless NumbersLane County, City of Eugene and non-profit partner agencies are adapting how homeless numbers are tracked and reported locally. See questions and answers about the Homeless By Names List and learn why it helps us better understand homelessness in Lane County.
June 2020: New Microsite ProgramIn June 2020, the City opened its first microsite. Microsites support our community’s reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic by balancing the varying needs for safety and recovery for the unhoused community. Each location provides space for up to six Conestoga Huts or tents and is managed by a nonprofit social service provider who is responsible for maintaining the site, providing supervision and oversight, and supporting the residents.
February 2020: New Joint Housing & Shelter StrategistIn February 2020, Sarai Johnson was hired as the new Joint Housing & Shelter Strategist, working for the City of Eugene and Lane County.
Lane County Shelter Feasibility Study
In December 2018, 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.
- Lane County Shelter Feasibility Study
- Homelessness Action Update: Lane County and City of Eugene
- Low Barrier Shelter and Navigation Center
Homelessness is traumatizing for those who experience it, and it significantly impacts our broader community.
The City of Eugene is a partner in efforts to address and reduce homelessness, but no one entity can solve this complex issue alone.
Some key efforts that the City is currently focused on include:
- Working with Lane County to implement the Lane County Homeless Services System recommendations (TAC report). The City is specifically focused on the formation of a new Street Outreach team and the siting of a 75-bed low barrier shelter.
- Implementing strategies outlined in the City's Community Safety Initiative, including increased support for alternative shelter programs and the opening of a new Resource Center for people experiencing homelessness. Strategies also include ongoing support for Community Court and the outreach partnership between Eugene Police and White Bird, a local social service provider.
- Improving current programs and building strong, collaborative, community networks that are coordinated and responsive to different needs, including those around camp clean-up and response.
Roles of Regional Agencies
While solutions to homelessness require a collaborative effort, entities in the region have specific roles to play:
- The Lane County Human Services Commission and Poverty & Homelessness Board are the lead policy-making bodies for our local Continuum of Care programs and the integrated social safety net delivery system for all of Lane County. The Lane County Human Services Division oversees our community's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and manages and coordinates the majority of federal, state and local funding allocated to human service and housing programs for people in our area who are homeless or low income.
- The City of Eugene contributes funding and policy leadership to the Human Services Commission and Poverty & Homelessness Board, and also supports a number of additional programs and initiatives to increase affordable housing and reduce homelessness and its impacts on the community. Visit the subpages for more information about the City's ongoing programs and efforts.
- Public and private non-profit organizations, the faith community and community advocates provide the indispensable on-the-ground assistance and advocacy that people need in order to get back on their feet.
- The State of Oregon and the federal government allocate funding toward specific housing and homelessness programs and services.
- As homelessness overlaps with other sectors of society such as medical and behavioral healthcare, housing, education, employment, and criminal justice, these types of agencies and organizations have a seat at the table and a role to play too.
View the Lane County 2019 Point-in-Time Count Report for the most recent Point-in-Time Count numbers of people experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness in Lane County.
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