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Homelessness
6:55 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Tally Shows Total Number Of Homeless In Lane County Lower

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

In 2013, about 10,000 people in Lane County experienced homelessness.  Although high, Lane County Human Services says this is an improvement from the previous year.  

Nine thousand eight hundred fifty-six homeless people sought social services through Lane County last year.  Human Services Supervisor Pearl Wolfe says the community at large is discouraged by the overwhelming nature of the issue.  But, she says, this number is nearly 1000 lower than in 2012.

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Homelessness
7:15 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Whoville Residents And Advocates Ask City For More Time

Whoville before the City of Eugene erected surrounding fences.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Advocates for the Eugene homeless encampment known as Whoville are pushing for an extension of a deadline to close down the camp.  They expect the City will begin the process of evicting residents Tuesday.

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Homelessness
8:04 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

New Homeless Rest Stop Approved Near Autzen Stadium

Sign at Whoville, which the Eugene Council on Monday voted to close completely by April 15.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

The Eugene City Council voted to open another homeless rest stop at a work session Monday evening.  The move comes after residents of the illegal homeless camp known as Whoville objected to a previously-approved site near the Whiteaker.

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Homeless Issues
1:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Whoville Folks Say Proposed Site Is Not Going To Work

Ken Laini and others watch the train go by a proposed site for a homeless camp in North Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Homeless advocates say a grassy area between a busy highway and the main line railroad in north Eugene is not a good place for the residents of Whoville. The City Council last week voted to approve a 3rd pilot "rest stop" for the people who've been at a camp near downtown for months.

It's a narrow piece along Northwest Expressway, near its intersection with River Road. No sidewalks. As vehicles whiz by, Ken Lainy sits in his wheelchair on a gravel driveway.

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Homelessness
8:26 am
Mon March 3, 2014

ShelterCare In the Whit: Renovating Buildings And Reviving Lives

Meeting Date: February 28, 2014

Air Date: March 3, 2014

Organizations in our community are not only concerned about people who are homeless, they are taking concrete steps to create housing for vulnerable families and individuals. ShelterCare is a local nonprofit, organized more than four decades ago to serve homeless families. For a quarter-century, the organization has been providing transitional support for families leaving shelter. Their focus is on families, persons with mental illness, and those with brain injuries.

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Homelessness
9:46 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Eugene Council Extends Sunset Date On Overnight Camping Pilot

Advocates say Eugene does not have enough shelter beds to meet needs of homeless community.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

The Eugene City Council voted Monday night to extend the pilot rest stop program, designed to provide the city’s homeless with temporary shelter on city-owned property.

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Homeless Issues
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Whoville Won't Have To Move After 30-day Reprieve Is Over

Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett.
Credit City of Eugene.

The Eugene City Council plans to extend its sunset date for a program that allows homeless people to camp in designated 'rest-stops'. This means Whoville residents have more time at their camp near downtown.

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City Club of Eugene
6:20 am
Sat February 22, 2014

The Beating Heart Of The City: What To Do About Kesey Square

Recorded on: January 17, 2014

Air Date: January 20, 2014

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Homeless Issues
9:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Eugene Considers Expanding Homeless Rest-Stops, Restricting Fireworks

Eugene Police have put up a fence around Whoville with openings to enter and exit.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Eugene City Councilors Monday proposed extending the sunset date on the rest-stop ordinance until October 31, 2014. This will require a public hearing.

Councilor Claire Syrett says she'd like the city to add a third rest-stop for homeless people at 8th and Mill or another location near downtown. Residents of Whoville, a homeless camp at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene have been told they'll have to leave that site. Last Friday, police erected a fence with openings around the lot. Michael Adams was among those who testified to council.

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Homelessness
8:08 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Whoville Residents Have Mixed Feelings About Fence

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Residents of the Eugene homeless camp referred to as Whoville have mixed feelings about a new chain link fence. The Eugene Police Department set up the barrier Friday and left two openings for people to pass through. Some, like Whoville resident Marty, say they feel safer with the fence up.

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