homeless children

Rachael McDonald

St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County has received a $2 million gift that will enable it to open a home for local teen boys who are homeless.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A program for homeless children across Eugene is expanding from one to five days.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on St. Vincent de Paul’s “First Place Kids”.  

UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 11:20 A.M.:

The Egan Warming Centers confirmed they are activated for tonight, Saturday. But they will NOT be open on Sunday and Monday nights because the overnight temperatures will not be cold enough.

Those needing to get to a Warming Center tonight can ride LTD for free - just tell the driver you need to get to a warming center.  St Vincent de Paul will provide shuttle service from the First Christian parking lot behind the church to other sites from about 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm.

Affordable Care Act Covers Foster Youth Until They Are 26

Jul 15, 2014
oregon.gov

Young people can remain on their parent's health insurance programs until they are 26, and thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act, so can foster kids.

Oregon's program is called Former Foster Care Youth Medical Program, or F-CY. It's estimated more than 3,000 youth are eligible. Valerie Rucks is a Program Manager for Oregon's Department of Human Services. She says before the Affordable Care Act, it was more difficult for youth leaving foster care to obtain medical coverage.

Catholic Community Services

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to support homeless projects in Oregon. The money will be spread across 118 programs this year. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to one of the agencies providing critical housing and services to families in Lane County.

Catholic Community Services in Eugene is a basic needs provider. They sponsor McKenzie Transitions, which helps people take long term steps to move out of poverty. Tom Mulhern is Executive Director. He describes what the nearly $600,000 in HUD funding will do.  

christmas
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With Christmas day quickly approaching, one Eugene-based family shelter is seeing an increase in need and a spike in community support.

First Place Family Center normally serves between 200 and 250 families each month. But this time of year, with tight budgets, the center can see an additional 100 families seeking help.

Becky Beck is the Program Coordinator of night shelter for First Place Family Center. She says their gift room is being visited by homeless and housed families alike.