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A Little National Attention For Our Work

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Date: Friday, May 17 2019

 

Fox journalist Tucker Carlson looked into the tunnel of homelessness and found light in the local collaboration known as Dusk to Dawn

It’s a pretty exciting day for us when a famous national broadcaster points toward one of our programs as worthy of attention. Tucker Carlson’s multi-day “Homeless in America” piece wraps up with our Dusk to Dawn program, which you can read more about here.

Here’s a link to the segment which aired on Thursday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_heEF3rKB4I

Dusk to Dawn represents the good that comes from collaboration. We worked with Eugene city and Lane County governments to create this unique way station for those who have no place to live. Because St. Vincent de Paul takes an entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving, we can respond quickly when our local leaders need solutions.

That need emerged last winter when small tent cities began erupting in downtown Eugene. A legal decision meant officials could not move folks from the street without identifying a place where they could legally sleep. We had the land available. We already had MASH tents on site for homeless community members wanting a safe warm dry place as winter weather set in. The city and county bought additional tents and funding for case managers. The county quickly graded the lot so more tents could be added.

Together we got it done quickly and since January, the case managers have helped 40 people find housing.

We’re honored that a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation lets us share nationally our strategies for meaningful collaboration.