Roles of Regional Agencies
While solutions to homelessness require a collaborative effort, entities in the region have specific roles to help combat this challenge:
- The Lane County Human Services Commission and Human Services Department coordinate Eugene and Lane County’s various Continuum of Care services and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). They are the primary coordinating and decision-making entities for the bulk of federal, state and local funding spent on housing, health and human services in the region.
- Public and private non-profits, the faith community and community advocates provide indispensable on-the-ground services that people need in order to get back on their feet.
- The City of Eugene is a collaborative partner in community efforts to fight poverty and homelessness. The City contributes funding and policy leadership to the Human Services Commission and supports a number of additional programs and initiatives to address homelessness.
1,529 people were counted as homeless in Lane County during the Homeless Point-in-Time Count conducted on January 25, 2017.
- 640 were chronically homeless
- 435 were people with mental illness
- 269 were family members in homeless households with children
- 164 were homeless veterans
- 2,388 homeless students attended public school in Lane County during the 2015-2016 school year
Causes of homelessness include, but are not limited to:
- Housing and rent costs that are rising much faster than wages
- Growing competition for a limited supply of affordable housing
- Mental health and addiction services that do not meet the need
- Domestic violence
- Circumstances of abuse, personal trauma and hardship