ShelterCare housing assistance programs.

Long term case management is combined with emergency financial aid by ShelterCare. The two types of support, when used together, are the best option available for stopping poverty as well as homelessness in Lane County.

The case management services include some or all of the following.
-Job placement and training.
-Financial literacy, credit counseling, and information on budgeting.
-Free use of computers and access to staff for long term growth plans.

ShelterCare also focuses on addressing housing issues in Eugene Oregon. When of the programs in highest demand, but that is very limited due to resource levels, is homeless prevention and rehousing. There is also supportive housing for the disabled, shelter, and financial aid for deposits and rental costs.

The ShelterCare HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA) provides subsidies, case management, counseling, and supportive services for those with a disability. There is also rent assistance for people with mental or physical disabilities and their families, who are awaiting approval for a SSI income program or subsidized housing. The program offers the following.

  • Training in budgeting.
  • Vouchers for a portion of rent.
  • Classes on managing money, credit repair services and other financial topics.
  • General support services that include information on tenant maintenance, renters rights and responsibilities, and referrals to other community resources.

All of these serve to enhance the abilities of the special needs families to maintain permanent housing. Dollar amounts paid in Lane County Oregon on behalf of participating households must not exceed the difference between a rent standard for a specific unit size and 30 percent of the family's monthly adjusted income.





The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program through the not for profit ShelterCare works with currently homeless and high risk for homelessness clients. Temporary financial help, housing relocation and supportive services may all be offered and they will help stabilize a living situation. These resources target and prioritize the most vulnerable households first, helping to reestablish stable housing for clients after assistance has been provided. Please note that households from Eugene must be at 50% or lower of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Lane County to qualify for this service.

For struggling, at risk Lane County community members, there is an ESG grant program that offers them temporary, short-term rental assistance. Federal government HUD funds can be used to help disadvantaged clients by providing them financial aid to put off an eviction. There may be rent or utility bill assistance for those who are disabled, facing an immediate threat of eviction or have been denied supportive services from other Lane County agencies. The applicant will need some source of income though.

Emergency shelters - All residents to the ShelterCare program must be referred by the Screening Unit of the Lane County Department of Social Services (DSS). If qualified, a resident can be placed into one of the largest homeless shelters in the county. There are accommodations for men, women, single moms, veterans, and children.

ShelterCare and its partners offer transportation for those who are homeless and in need of a ride to the shelter. This can help those at risk from freezing weather or summer heat. This ride to a shelter is for those who show self-presentation at the Police Department and/or one of the shelter sites. The client will be given housing, food, information on employment and saving money for rent, and case management services.

Shelter Plus Care (S + C) is for the disabled and/or mentally ill in Eugene. The agency serves those who are homeless by providing cash grants for security deposits, low income housing and support services that are funded by non-profit or government sources.





The program primarily assists Lane County residents with serious mental illness. Other applicants include, but are not limited to, chronic alcohol and/or drug abuse histories, or people with HIV/AIDS-related illnesses who are living in places not intended for human habitation. Or the disabled person may be given rent or a deposit help if they are currently staying in local emergency shelters.

S+C is a long-term program that allows for a variety of housing choices. It was created by HUD as well as the state in response to the needs of the hard-to-reach homeless and disabled population.

Case management including referrals to internal and external social services, budgeting and monitoring  workshops, and advice on setting goals and objectives can be arranged. This is part of ShelterCare  educational, vocational, and job-search programs.

Case managers work closely with each client to develop achievable and reasonable goals in regard to housing and finances, provide support as they work to them, create individualized action plans for achieving them, and offer cheer to them. The entire process from ShelterCare is focused on finding and resolving the root causes of each client’s circumstances.

For more information on housing programs in the region, ShelterCare is located at 499 W 4th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401. The main phone number is (541) 686-1262.




By Jon McNamara

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