Join the Eugene Human Rights Commission Homelessness Work Group to watch a film about one summer in a tent city under a bridge in Indianapolis. The story has striking similarities for homeless communities in Eugene and many other cities, particularly on the West coast, and is particularly relevant given the recent federal court ruling stating that “cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.”
We will watch the film and then have a panel led discussion and Q&A session.
The Housing and Homelessness Committee Meeting will take place Thursday, May 24 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the McNail-Riley house. Regan Watjus, Homeless Policy Analyst for the City of Eugene, will join us to share information about the city’s direction in addressing homelessness and neighborhood group involvement.
On December 13, Council reviewed a set of recommendations from the Housing Policy Board (HPB) for implementation of a local Construction Excise Tax (CET) to support affordable housing. At that time, staff proposed to further explore policy options for structuring a CET, engage with stakeholders, and bring a recommendation back to Council. During this work session, staff will present options for implementing a CET.
Harris Hall, 125 East 8th Avenue
- Eugene City Council Agenda Item Summary for the April 9, 2018 City Council meeting
- Attachment A – SB 1533
- Attachment B – HPB CET Recommendation
- Attachment C – City of Eugene Housing Initiatives
- Public webcast and materials page
The Nightingale Health Sanctuary on 34th and Hilyard will be a featured City Council work session topic during the Rest Stop Program Update. All members of the public are invited to attend this work session as an observer. You can also watch it online at https://eugene.ompnetwork.org/embed/sessions/15230/eugene-city-council-work-session-october-9-2017.
City Council Work Session: Monday, October 9, 2017 at 5:30PM
1. Committee Reports and Items of Interest
2. Work Session: Police Commission Update
3. Work Session: Rest Stop Program Update
LOCATION: Lane County Public Service Building – 125 East 8th Ave., Harris Hall.
A public forum follows at 7:30pm . VPOP workgroup members are invited to attend and stand in support to speak in favor of making the site a rest stop.
The League of Women Voters of Lane County will be asking tough questions about housing and homelessness at their March Unit Meetings. These 1-2 hour meetings are sometimes called the “Heart of the League”. All are welcome. Members and guests meet for a member-led discussion of committee research on a current topic. League advocacy positions come from these meeting reports.
Discussion Questions from the League of Women Voters of Lane County Oregon for the March 2017 Unit Meetings
- Which statistics about homelessness stood out for you?
- What are the major causes of homelessness?
- If some homeless people have drug, alcohol or health problems, how should they best be served?
- How might homelessness be different in Lane County than in other parts of the country?
- What differences exist between urban and rural approaches to homelessness?
- What other services are you familiar with that address homelessness in Lane County.
- What services are lacking in Lane County?
Download Accompanying Material on Housing and Homelessness at http://lwvlc.org/…/uploa…/Mar-2017-Homelessness_Housing-.pdf
- SVdP Transitional Housing Project (also see update at http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34884386-75/homeless-youth-house-project-in-south-eugene-closer-to-approval.html.csp)
- Site identification updates
- Rest Stop/Car Camper Support
- Rest Stop Open House: Nightingale Health Sanctuary, Sunday, October 23 at 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
- Human Rights Commission Homelessness Working Group Meeting: Tuesday, October 25 at 12 PM – 1:30 PM
- Neighborhood Leadership Council Homelessness Work Group Meeting: Tuesday, October 25 at 8 PM – 9:00 PM
- City Council Work Session: Opportunity Village and Rest Stop Program:
Wednesday, October 26 at 12:00 PMNew date Wednesday, November 16
- Poverty & Homelessness Board Strategic Planning Retreat: Friday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Most of our associations have homeless neighbors residing within the boundaries. Join the community discussion to find solutions in your community.
On Wednesday, November 18th, 7:00pm, leaders in the faith, business, neighborhood association, and unhoused communities will join together for a town hall on homelessness at First United Methodist Church (1376 Olive St).
“Our strength lies in our diversity, partnerships and resources;” says organizer Emily Farthing, “This town hall is designed to unite those into action.”
Generating input, sharing knowledge, stimulating innovative thinking, and exploring action possibilities is a focus of the meeting. The immediate need of housing will be addressed and the potential effects of Mayors Piercy’s ordinance lifting restrictions on the current camping ban.
Heather Sielicki, Southeast Neighbors Chair, and Pastor Brent Was from the neighborhood Egan Warming Center Site will assist with group facilitation and invite Southeast Neighbors association members to join them in discussion.
Event sponsors include Eugene Weekly, First Congregational Church Housing Initiative, First United Methodist Church, DEED (Downtown Eugene Economic Development), CALC, Blue Moon…
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