Nightingale Health Sanctuary, one of the City-sanctioned camps for individuals experiencing homelessness, is hosting an open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13 at 4211 MLK Jr. Blvd. There will be food, music, tours, and seven residents have agreed to tell their stories to attendees. Come out and see what a camp looks like, how it is run, and who the folks are who are living there.
In 2013, City of Eugene started a Rest Stop Pilot Program which allows people without permanent homes to camp legally in sites managed by community organizations. Two of these rest stops are managed by Community Supported Shelters. At a third site provided by the city, a transitional micro-housing program called Opportunity Village allows 30-40 residents to live for longer periods of time. “Microvillages”, like Opportunity Village, offer residents their own housing in a safe, stable community where they can participate in employment training and often volunteer around the village in various ways.
Homelessness in Eugene
On any given night in our community, nearly 3,000 people have no home to return to. Many others are at high risk of being on the streets soon. About 73% of 10,875 homeless people were served in Lane County in 2012 and their last permanent residence was Lane County. An additional 7% were from another Oregon county. They are not new residents or just passing through. When people are homeless it causes breakdowns in family support and has profound impacts on our public health, public safety and public education systems. Read more…