Brian Bull

An initiative to help low-level offenders in Eugene get help instead of jail time is celebrating its first month, and graduate.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

The downtown economy of Ashland is heavily dependent on the tourists who flock to see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or who come to hike, bike, ski, fish and boat the area’s mountains and waterways.

Last year, complaints from merchants, residents and visitors about aggressive panhandling and uncivil behavior by some homeless people reached a fever pitch.

Now, city officials are looking for fresh ideas to head off a new season of unpleasantness.

Lane County

More than a year ago, several government agencies and non-profits in Lane County set a goal to house one veteran for every day of the year in 2015.

Rachael McDonald

On any given night, more than one thousand people are without a home in the Eugene/ Springfield area. Many of those are families, with school-age kids. Families can turn to St. Vincent de Paul’s First Place Family Center. With the help of more than 30 area churches, the agency can shelter families each night during the school year.

Rachael McDonald

The first of two Dusk to Dawn homeless camps approved by the Eugene City Council will open Friday at the St. Vincent de Paul service station.


Sheltercare of Lane County has received a half million dollars to get mentally ill homeless people into housing. That’s as the Eugene City Council passed a resolution calling for a Housing First model to address homelessness.

Rachael McDonald

The largest mental health facility in Lane County isn’t a hospital. It’s the county’s only nightly shelter for homeless folks. That’s according to Eugene Mission Executive Director Jack Tripp. Earlier this month, he took county leaders on a tour of the mission.

Mayors from western cities met in Portland this week to discuss issues like homelessness and affordable housing.

Egan Warming Center

The Egan Warming Centers will activate tonight through Saturday.  They are now on standby for Sunday through Monday.  They are desperately in need of trained volunteers for many shifts at most sites for Friday through Monday.

Rachael McDonald

To help homeless people get through the winter, Eugene City Councilors are considering allowing camping on sanctioned property for overnight sleeping.  The Eugene City Council heard public comments Monday evening on the proposal.