Eugene Homeless Action Coalition

Below-freezing nights this week have residents cranking up the heat, and local groups are activating services for those among us who have no heat or even shelter from the potentially deadly weather.

The Eagan Warming Center website at http://eganwarmingcenter.com shows which sites are open this week and also lists times and locations for volunteer training and orientation. Trainings were held earlier this week and will resume Dec. 2, 9 and 11.

The Egan Warming Center is described as “a coalition of community member representing providers, religious congregations, nonprofits and social activist communities and local governments who have come together to ensure that homeless people in Lane County have a place to sleep indoors when temperatures drop to 28 degrees or below.” The sites are prepared to open between Nov. 15 and March 31. They open at 7 pm and close at 8 am.

Eight host sites around the valley are available when needed. In Eugene the sites are at First Christian Church at 12th and Oak, Grace Community Church at 989 Country Club Road, Hosea Youth Services (youth site) at 834 Monroe, Temple Beth Israel at 1175 E. 29th Ave., Valley Covenant Church at 18th and Bailey Hill, and Dayspring Ministries at 1580 River Road. Springfield sites are at Ebbert United Methodist Church at 532 C St., and First Nazarene Church at 1761 E St.

Donations of winter clothing, tarps, tents and toiletries can be dropped off at St. Vincent dePaul stores (label them “Egan”), and food donations can be taken to FOOD for Lane County, 770 Bailey Hill Road.

Lane County’s Homeless Action Coalition (HAC) now has a Facebook page at http://wkly.ws/x8 with commentary, notices about HAC meetings and links to stories.

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