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News Release
New Navigation Center provides shelter, support to unhoused community - 08/04/22

Media are welcome to attend the Grand Opening ceremony. Speakers will be available for comment following the program.


Media tours will be available between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. This is the best opportunity media will have to get footage of the facility. Once participants move into the building it will no longer be available to film or photograph inside.


EUGENE, OR--Lane County and the City of Eugene will officially open the River Avenue Navigation Center this coming Monday, August 8, to further increase our area’s capacity to serve the unhoused community. A grand opening ceremony with comments from Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr, Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, as well as people with lived experience and other community partners is planned for 10 a.m. that morning. 


“This Navigation Center puts us one step closer to achieving our goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring” said Lane County Board Chair Pat Farr. “My thanks go to the countless individuals who put their time, effort, expertise, creative thinking, and care from Lane County, City of Eugene, Oregon Housing & Community Services, and so many partners throughout our community, to make this center a reality.”


The River Avenue Navigation Center is a low-barrier shelter equipped to support up to 75 participants at a time. The program serves people who experience unsheltered homelessness and who are prioritized for housing resources through Lane County Coordinated Entry. The purpose of The Navigation Center is to support people by removing barriers to housing, including document retrieval, income assistance, repairing credit, overcoming poor rental history, and more so that they can exit homelessness into permanent housing. 


We know that we have a long way to go to meet the need,” said City of Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis. “Every new resource is a meaningful and potentially life-changing opportunity for people in our community, and that deserves celebration.” 


The Navigation Center is staffed by trained professionals and meant to be a welcoming place to help people stabilize and access resources to support their housing goals after living in places not meant for human habitation. This program is modeled based on similar programs operated throughout the United States.



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