homelessness

Homeless Issues
11:12 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Group Plans Permanent "Village" For Homeless People

Opportunity Village Eugene.
Credit Opportunity Village

The folks who created Opportunity Village Eugene, a pilot project that gives short-term shelter to people without homes, are now looking to branch out.  "Emerald Village" would provide long term housing at an affordable price.

Opportunity Village opened last August and is home to 31 people in micro-houses or Conestoga Huts. Reverend Dan Bryant is president of the Opportunity Village board. He says the spin-off would be for people who are ready to transition out of temporary shelter.

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Homelessness
7:56 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Homeless Man Pens Screenplay About Living In A Shelter

55-year-old John Baker has submitted his screenplay, "The Homeless Bums of Aspen" to NBC for consideration.
Credit Angela Kellner

55-year-old John Baker has been homeless on and off for the past 5 years. While at a homeless shelter in Aspen, Colorado, he wrote a sitcom screenplay called "The Homeless Bums of Aspen." He spoke with KLCC's Angela Kellner about submitting the screenplay to NBC during their open call for sitcoms.

John Baker's song, "The Homeless Bums of Aspen" is on You Tube.

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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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Politics & Government
6:49 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Youngster Challenges City Officials To Sleep Outside With Him For Two Nights

Ten year old Keegan Keppner and his step dad Steve Magray in the KLCC studios.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

An unexpected voice has come forward advocating for the homeless in Eugene. 10 year old cancer survivor Keegan Keppner has spent the last 4 months trying to change the way people treat those with no place to sleep. He's met with legislators and Governor John Kitzhaber. Now, Keegan is challenging members of the Eugene City Council to join him for a "sleepover" of sorts. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with the youngster about his unique proposal.

Keegan: "I'm gonna got to Mr. Ruiz…uh…where is he at dad?"

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Homeless Issues
11:37 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Anonymous Donor Gives $400,000 for Homeless Camp in Eugene

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

An anonymous donor from Eugene has stepped forward with $400,000 to purchase property for a homeless camp in the city.

The $400,000 will be used to buy a piece of private property to create a place for homeless people to sleep. The donor has also asked that a health clinic be on site for residents and others in need.

Attorney Mary Broadhurst is a homeless advocate who's worked with SLEEPS and residents of the recently shuttered illegal Whoville camp. She says she's grateful.

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Homeless Issues
6:31 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Rest Stops Provide Community

Eugene Safe Spot is on Roosevelt Blvd.
Credit Community Supported Shelters

Earlier this month police broke up a high profile homeless camp in Eugene called Whoville. The people who lived there said they felt safe and part of a community. The city has established a pilot program for legal camping. They're called"rest stops". So far there are two. They're creating community for people who need a sense of connection.

de Buhr: "…how are things going?"

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Homeless Issues
12:06 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Eugene Shuts Down Whoville

Eugene Police surround Whoville camp Friday morning.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Eugene Police surrounded an illegal homeless camp known as Whoville Friday morning and told the 30 or so residents to pack up and go. The City Council gave an April 15th deadline for the site to close.

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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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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Whoville Homeless Camp Must Close

Eugene City Council hears the City Manager's recommendation to close Whoville homeless camp.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

In a work session today (Wednesday) the Eugene City Council voted to shut down the homeless camp known as Whoville. The motion includes opening an alternate location in West Eugene.

Eugene City Manager John Ruiz moved that Whoville, currently located at Broadway and Hilyard, be closed by no later than April 1st. Ruiz also recommended authorizing a second "rest stop" at the Northwest Expressway location.

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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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