FCC and Lane County Emergency Shelters
This week, three 100 square foot shelters will be temporarily installed on our upper church office parking lot to provide shelter for unhoused families during a winter with extremely limited emergency shelter options, including a drastic reduction in capacity at the Egan Warming Centers and Eugene Mission.
The government of Lane County provided the funding for these “Pallet Shelters” in an effort to ensure temporary winter shelter during the Covid Pandemic. The shelters will not have plumbing but they will provide some heat through installed electric heaters. Lane County will also provide a Port-a-Potty, washing station, and meals through a third party provider. The plan is to have these shelters in place this week and offer three families shelter from the weather from January 1st until April.
Katharine Ryan of the Human Services Division of the Lane County Health & Human Services states: “Families staying at the site will be screened to ensure they are able to follow the rules, be good neighbors and work well with others on site. Program staff will check in regularly on site and residents will have access to comprehensive housing navigation services to connect them with other social services and work to develop and execute a plan for moving into permanent housing.”
This relief effort was spearheaded by a rapid response team from the Church Board, the Facilities Committee, the Justice and Witness Committee, the Housing Initiative Committee, and Jonathan. The only financial cost to the church will be to pay for the electricity to keep the families warm.
Please note: Although you may still access the Church Office building through the doors on 23rd Avenue we ask you to please park on the street in the meantime.
During this season of light and hope, we are pleased to be able to share our resources with three families to help them find some warmth and safety.