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Advocates Seek Ways To Help Homeless Through The Winter

Dan Bryant (left) talks with Opportunity Village resident Mike Torrey. Opportunity Village provides micro-houses or Conestoga Huts for homeless people in a small self-managed community in Eugene.
Tiffany Eckert
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Dan Bryant (left) talks with Opportunity Village resident Mike Torrey. Opportunity Village provides micro-houses or Conestoga Huts for homeless people in a small self-managed community in Eugene.

Dan Bryant (left) talks with Opportunity Village resident Mike Torrey. Opportunity Village provides micro-houses or Conestoga Huts for homeless people in a small self-managed community in Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert
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Dan Bryant (left) talks with Opportunity Village resident Mike Torrey. Opportunity Village provides micro-houses or Conestoga Huts for homeless people in a small self-managed community in Eugene.

In 2013, nearly 2 thousand people in Lane County didn't have a place to sleep at night.

Lane County's Poverty and Homelessness Board is looking at long-term ways to solve this problem. Eugene Pastor Dan Bryant is vice-chair of the Board. He spoke with me about some short term efforts to help Lane County's homeless people get through this winter. Bryant says they plan to put out a "big ask" to the community for public or private entities with land for homeless people to sleep, either in tents, Conestoga Huts, or vehicles.

New volunteer trainings are underway for the Egan Warming Center. The next one is Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 at Trinity Church in Eugene.

 

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Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.