The City and County continue to work together to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. In recognition that many community services are operating at capacity at this time, the City and County recently took steps to maintain and expand local emergency shelter capacity and services. These services provide a safe place for people experiencing homelessness to be, connect people to services, and help reduce impacts on local businesses and neighborhoods.
The Dusk to Dawn program is operated by St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) and funded by the City and County to provide people experiencing homelessness with a place to safely sleep and keep their belongings at night.
The Dusk to Dawn site has been operating at capacity of 192 and has a growing waiting list of approximately 50 individuals. To address this need, the City of Eugene and Lane County are adding 64 new beds to the Dusk to Dawn, splitting the approximately $257,000 cost. With the capacity added last year, Dusk to Dawn will be able to provide shelter for over 250 people per night.
People wanting to stay at Dusk to Dawn can sign up for a space at the Eugene Service Station in person at 450 Hwy 99N during business hours.
After learning that a funding shortfall would lead to reduced hours at the Eugene Service Center, the City and County began been working with SVDP to address that gap. The agencies have agreed to jointly fund $91,000 to ensure that the site can remain open during its current business hours serving those in need. The Eugene Service Station (ESS) provides homeless adults with a warm place where they can meet their basic needs (food, day shelter, clothing, laundry, showers, supplies) and get assistance.
Read more about the City of Eugene’s work around homelessness.