Meeting Minutes from the NLC Committee on Housing and Homelessness

April 28, 2019
# of Participants: 8
Neighborhoods represented: River Road, Jefferson Westside, Amazon, Goodpasture Island, Northeast Neighbors, Southeast Neighbors

2019–2020 committee work plan: 
The majority of the time at today’s meeting was spent discussing the list of ideas previously submitted for this upcoming year’s plan, soliciting new topic ideas and hearing the priorities of the people present.

The topics most discussed were: 1. Increasing housing for no-income, very low income and low income populations; 2. Homeless prevention at the neighborhood level: Preserving housing; addressing Tracktown tourist housing & more; 3. Addressing sanitation issues relative to unhoused neighbors; 4. Neighborhood Day Centers with laundry and other services.

H&H Committee’s mission statement (or charge):

We briefly discussed possible changes to the original mission statement from Feb. 2018. There was broad support for the new proposed mission with a couple of changes.

To be re-written and brought to Aprils’ meeting:
PLAN for April 25th meeting: Discussion of sanitation. Outreach to City Parks and Recreation, Public Health Dept and Whiteaker leaders for their participation. 

Proposed new mission statement – Does this work?

1. Identify resources and offer educational programming related to housing/homelessness with the goal of assisting neighborhood associations in addressing these issues.

2. Hold monthly meetings to facilitate the discussion of housing issues, solutions for ending homelessness and short-term actions, such as increasing sanitation options & the siting of emergency shelter, in order to improve the quality of neighborhoods. 

3. Liaise with other community groups working on similar issues believing that collaboration increases the likelihood for positive change.

NLC Housing & Homelessness Committee Work Plan 2019

In February 2018, the NLC Housing & Homelessness Committee was formed to (1) identify and discuss current and future issues facing Neighborhoods related to homelessness, and (2) support the acquisition and siting of shelter, sanitation and other supports for unhoused residents.

The Committee is developing their 2019-2020 work plan and would like your feedback on focused meeting topics for the group. We have identified a few areas of interest and will ask you to rate them on a scale from 1 (no interest) to 5 (high interest). The results to help inform the agenda for our monthly meetings at 12pm on the fourth Thursday of each month at the McNail-Riley house.

  • Addressing sanitation issues for unhoused neighbors.
  • Storage for the belongings of persons without housing (and what to do with what is left behind).
  • Working with the Faith Community to create more shelter and housing.
  • Homelessness prevention at the neighborhood level.
  • Day center locations.
  • Working with service providers (rest stop managers, SVdP, White Bird’s CAHOOTS program, meal sites, etc)
  • Neighborhood safe spots for legal car camping.
  • Using RLID to find vacant land for rest stops.


A Community First Approach to Housing

According to the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, 15,000 people in Lane County experienced homelessness at least once last year due to inadequate housing, income and supports. Providing services is the most cost-effective, compassionate approach to help people get back on their feet and prevent people from living on the streets.

Recently, both the City of Eugene and Lane County legislators voted to fund programs to address the social service, housing and mental health needs of our most vulnerable populations. To implement them, our community will need to find appropriate locations for shelter, sanitation and other supports.

Neighborhood associations can play a key role by educating neighbors about homelessness in the community and dispelling myths; locating appropriate sites for RV parking, tiny-house villages, affordable housing, and group homes; and connecting stakeholders with opportunities to help in their own backyard.

NLC Housing and Homelessness Subcommittee members are available to speak at neighborhood meetings about what you can do to be part of the community-wide response and show the following short video of one of the temporary, transitional shelter programs available to your neighborhood.

Please email Heather ( or Anne ( to request a presentation at your next meeting.

Housing Affordability

NLC statement submitted to the Mayor, City Manager and City Council on December 5, 2018

Mayor and Council,

We all agree that housing affordability and availability are growing problems in our community. The City’s neighborhood associations are committed to helping address these issues; those who are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage or to even find a place within their budget are our neighbors and we want to find ways to assist them. 

We were initially hopeful that the Housing Tools and Strategies working group would have a robust deliberative process that would result in well researched recommendations to you. Unfortunately, we feel there was insufficient time and little or no analysis done for the participants to adequately discuss and assess the pros and cons of the options presented.  

Given this, by a unanimous vote of the NLC members we are asking that the Council not move forward on any recommendations from the HT&S Working Group before adequate analysis has been done to assess the benefits and potential negative impacts of each recommendation. NLC hopes that Council will utilize the efforts of the working group to identify all options and strategies that could most benefit from more in-depth analysis and direct the City Manager to establish new working groups to do this work.

We stand ready, as individuals and neighborhood leaders, to work with you to determine what we can do to lessen this financial burden for all our neighbors. 

Pete Knox

Heather Sielicki

NLC Co-Chairs

Special NLC meeting December 11

The City Council has scheduled a work session to possibly take action of the Housing Tools and Strategies Work group recommendations on Dec 10.

Since will not be meeting until late January the NLC agreed to have a special meeting on December 11 the day after council talks about Housing Tools and Strategies in a work session in order to respond in a timely manner.

Rene has secured the Saul Room on the 3rd floor of the Atrium from 6:00-8:30. The first half hour will be a cookie social, so bring your favorite cookies. 

Community and Participant Feedback

Meeting Materials

Neighborhoods 101 Workshop

Thursday September 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 is HRNI’s annual Neighborhoods 101 Workshop. It’s a great opportunity to meet other board members, learn about our office (and who to call) and gain a few skills that will help you do your work even better.

This workshop will emphasize the Hate & Bias Prevention and Response Toolkit and how board members and neighbors can create a more welcoming community and be prepared when and if hate or bias incidents occur in your neighborhood.

Neighborhoods 101 is open to any current board member and it’s open to your neighbors who want to know more about neighborhood associations or serving on a neighborhood board. Things will be learned. Fun will be had. Food will be served. Space will be limited.

Register for Neighborhoods 101 here.