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 Opens a New Window. and Human Services Department Opens a New Window. 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.
1,642 people were counted as homeless in Lane County during the Homeless Point-in-Time Count Opens a New Window. conducted on January 31, 2018.
Of the 1,642 people counted:
- 412 individuals were staying in Emergency Shelter
- 95 individuals were in Transitional Housing (up to 24 months) designated for people experiencing homelessness
- 1,135 men, women and children were without shelter
- 251 family members in homeless households with children: 138 sheltered, 113 unsheltered
- 173 homeless veterans
- 713 chronically homeless people: 112 sheltered, 600 unsheltered
- 547 people self-reported a mental illness
- 412 people have chronic alcohol/substance abuse that prevents them from stable housing
- 25 unaccompanied homeless youth (under 18)
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