Substantial rehabilitation of the bathroom and laundry facilities at the Eugene Service Station has been completed. This day use center provides critical access to food, sanitary facilities, and day shelter for over 6,400 individuals per year. This facility is owned and operated by St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County as part of the Lindholm Community Service Center on Hwy 99. This rehabilitation was made possible through the City of Eugene Human Services Capital Facilities program. The City provided a $194,129 grant with Community Development Block Grant funds and also managed the bidding and construction process in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul. In addition, St. Vincent de Paul also contributed funding for exterior improvements.
The rehab included installation of industrial grade fixtures and plumbing upgrades to meet the needs of this heavily utilized community facility. More than 12,000 showers are provided each month to low-income community members, most of whom are unhoused.
One of the five year goals of the 2015 Eugene-Springfield Consolidated Plan is to provide capital improvement grants for 15 public facilities in Eugene, primarily operated by nonprofit service providers whose programs serve low and moderate-income people, including those who are unhoused.
This investment is the latest in a series of investments that have been made by the City with CDBG funds. Over the last 15 years $740,845 of CDBG funds have been invested to preserve, expand, and enhance the Lindholm Community Service Center and Eugene Service Station. These projects include: renovation and installation of a commercial grade kitchen; addition of counseling space to serve additional clients; construction of a warehouse to store and distribute food; installation of a solar hot water system; and repair the roof, flooring and waiting areas.
In addition, the City of Eugene has also provided CDBG funds to the Service Station in collaboration with the Lane County Human Services Commission for ongoing operational expenses. Weekend hours were added to the Eugene Service Station with the help of an additional $75,000 per year in City of Eugene General Fund dollars in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
For more information on this or other Human Services Capital Facility projects funded through City of Eugene Community Development Block Grant allocations contact Nicole Nowak Nicole.M.Nowak@ci.eugene.or.us.