Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield adopted Declarations of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams from each jurisdiction have mobilized to craft a temporary emergency sheltering and support plan for the unhoused community in the metro area. The plan is built on significant community partnerships with key social service providers and others.
Consistent with CDC guidelines, the City’s approach is intended to control the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and hygiene while providing critical services to the unhoused population. The strategies support efforts to “flatten the curve” by reducing the need for people to travel around the community to access basic needs and shelter.
Basic Sanitation and Hygiene
(Updated March 24, 2020)
To help facilitate handwashing and hygiene for people experiencing homelessness, the City has deployed:
25 additional portable restrooms scheduled to be deployed next week
Outreach to Support Basic Needs
Outreach teams have been created in partnership with Lane County and additional community partners to:
Ensure food and supplies are available to help people in dispersed locations meet their basic needs while staying in place as much as possible. (Ex. of services provided: welfare checks, device charging, free tents for individuals who cannot find shelter)
Provide education and up-to-date information on COVID-19
Monitor the current situation throughout the unhoused community
Provide information about shelter options including respite shelters operated at Lane County Fair Grounds
Governor Kate Brown issued an Executive Order that prevents evictions until May 31, 2020. The Executive Order prohibits landlords from initiating residential eviction proceedings, authorizes local governments to enact additional protections against both residential and commercial evictions and suspend foreclosures, and requires the various Oregon Public Utilities Agencies to regularly monitor and publish measures undertaken by utility companies in response to COVID-19.