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January 27, 2015 01:46 PM

Here's information from Lane County about the annual homeless count:

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, the Human Services Division, Lane County’s anti-poverty program, along with its nonprofit partners, will conduct a one-night count of people who are homeless in Lane County.  The annual Homeless Point in Time Count (PIT) reaches throughout the community to people sleeping on the streets, vehicles, parks, camps, and other places not meant for human habitation. Emergency shelter and transitional housing programs designated for people who are homeless are also counted.
 
The one-night count takes place across the state of Oregon each January.  It provides a snapshot of the problem of homelessness to help policymakers target resources to the areas of the state experiencing the greatest need.  This valuable data identifies the needs and gaps in services for homeless people in order to inform local planning efforts. The 2015 One Night Homeless Count will include both sheltered and unsheltered.  This count is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides nearly $3 million in housing and services to single adults, families and youth who are homeless in Lane County.
 
During last year’s sheltered count, 649 individuals were counted in Lane County.  This number includes homeless community members who were used local emergency shelter and transitional housing programs designated for people who are homeless. Every other year, we include what’s known as the “street count” which includes those counted on the streets, under bridges, in parks, at food pantries, schools, day access centers and churches.  The unsheltered number was 1,102 in our last street count (2013).
 
This year’s count has the participation of 24 agencies that administer multiple programs; they have contact with people who are homeless, including outreach programs, day access centers, and food pantries, dining sites, medical vans and other places where homeless people use services.  Results from the 2015 count will be available in March 2015, once the individual demographic information from the forms is analyzed and tallied for accuracy locally and at the state level.
 
This year’s includes new participating agencies with an expanded effort from local veterans groups. Community Supported Shelter Rest Stops, Occupy Medical and LILA (working with people with disabilities) and Eugene Municipal Court are joining this year’s count.

January 26, 2015 09:52 AM

Fox News team gets a subtle reminder that they are not really news, just a propaganda arm of the GOP.

January 22, 2015 12:38 PM

For all you designers, engineers and construction geeks out there, this is what Boeing has done with Henry Ford's production line.

January 22, 2015 02:40 PM

In case you missed it, here's the Today Show after Obama's State of the Union address.

January 21, 2015 11:21 AM

Here is a statement today by Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain on Obama's State of the Union Address last night:

President Obama presented a vision of the future last night that working families across Oregon, and the country, stand behind.  His vision is of an economy that works for all of us, where a minimum wage can support a family, workers can take paid time off when they’re sick, our tax code is fair, and we have expanded access to higher education.  It’s encouraging to see our President take a stand for immigrant rights, for the right to form a union and for growing the middle class. That’s the America we need.

Following President Obama’s lead, we must keep fighting for income equality. That’s why raising the minimum wage is so important right now.  I am concerned, however, about President Obama’s statements on expanding free trade agreements because Oregon lost thousands of jobs as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  The expanding trade deficit with China has displaced tens of thousands of jobs in our state.  It’s clear to me that we can’t afford another free trade deal that leaves Oregon’s workers hurting and unable to make ends meet. My hope is that Congress is able to weigh all of the information in front of them before passing any kind of trade agreement that could negatively impact our economy.

The true test of Congress over the next two years will be to put the President’s plan into action and build an America where working families have a fair shot at economic prosperity.

January 20, 2015 03:47 PM

Ten-year tax breaks for housing developers is back on the agenda of the Eugene City Council this week. MUPTE, the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption, has given us some big projects like Capstone downtown, and being built is the Hub, a high-end student apartment house. Does this project really need tax breaks? Check out the video: