Homeless

 

 

Click on the links below for HOUSING AND SHELTER RESOURCES in Lane County, Oregon

IMMEDIATE OR SHORT TERM SHELTER

LONGER TERM HOUSING

LOCAL INNOVATIONS

CAMPING

BUILDING, REMODELING, LOANS & DEVELOPMENT

GOVERNMENT

INNOVATIONS FROM AFAR

 

For Print or Download:

HOMELESS SERVICES Print or Download this 1-page list of homeless resources. Bilingual (Spanish)

VETERANS’ SERVICES Print or Download this comprehensive list of Lane County veterans’ resources.

 

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I write, research, consult and otherwise help communities develop improved shelter and housing opportunities, with an end goal of ending homelessness in the United States.

I currently serve on the board of directors of Community Supported Shelters, operating successful homeless camps for the city of Eugene, Oregon.

I spent 2015 facilitating Operation 365 Veterans for the City of Eugene, housing 404 homeless veterans in one year. Preceding that I spent 29 years as a police crime prevention specialist and 10 years in social services emphasizing the street population. I spent six of those years homeless myself, living out of a truck.

Here in Lane County, Oregon, close to 1500 people self-identified as homeless in 2015, based on the one night Point-in-time count. Over 2,000 were students in our public schools. Over 200 were veterans. In my work facilitating Operation 365 Veterans for the city of Eugene we housed over 400 veterans that year — twice the number counted, and a good indicator that the PIT count is merely the tip of the iceberg. The actual number of homeless is likely at least 2-3 times the number found during the count.

Homelessness is a complex problem. Fortunately, solutions are being pursued from many angles throughout our community. Lane County Health and Human Services coordinates the Poverty and Homelessness Board and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS); Private non-profits have proven indispensable in addressing the issue. Links on this page can help illuminate what’s being done, how you can find help if you are in need, and if you are more fortunate, how you can help address the problem.

Here’s an excerpt from Lane County’s report drawn from the January 2016 Point in Time count:

Highlights of the Count:
There were 124 staff and volunteers from 32 organizations who assisted with counting unsheltered homeless people this year, with an additional 10 agencies counting sheltered people. During this year’s Count, organizers reached out to the rural areas, homeless veterans, rest stops, safe spots, Opportunity Village, Catholic Workers Breakfast at Jefferson Bridge and other locations.

Of the 1,451 people counted:

405 individuals were staying in emergency shelter
112 individuals were living in transitional housing (up to 24 months) designated for people who are homeless
934 men, women, and children were without shelter

Characteristics:

224 family members in homeless households with children; 129 sheltered; 95 unsheltered
162 homeless veterans: 52 sheltered; 110 unsheltered:
574 chronically homeless people: 86 sheltered; 488 unsheltered
434 people have a mental illness
232 people have chronic alcohol/substance abuse issues
13 unaccompanied homeless youth (under 18)

“The magnitude of homelessness requires more than a one-day count,” said Wolfe. “Annual figures show that 12,167 individuals who sought services from local human services programs were homeless at some point during the year.”

Additionally:

949 unduplicated individuals were served at St. Vincent De Paul’s Egan Warming Centers during 12 nights of the winter season at 14 faith-based sites and Lane Community College during the 2015-2016 winter season.
2,154 homeless students attended public school in Lane County during the 2014-2015 school year (Oregon Dept. of Education). Includes those doubled up with relatives or friends.
258 homeless youth were served at the Looking Glass New Roads Access Center, (ages 16-21) in 2015.
165 runaway and homeless youth stayed at Station 7 (under age 18) during 2015.
2,298 people stayed at the Eugene Mission during 2015