Changing the Mission

July, 17, 2013

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With Eugene-Springfield’s homeless population seemingly on the rise, the area’s only homeless shelter is making it tougher to get in and stay in.

The Eugene Mission has imposed new admission limits and instituted tougher drug and alcohol rules.

On July 1, the shelter at West First Avenue near Chambers Street lowered the number of men who can spend the night, from 350 to a new cap of 285.

The Christian-based mission is keeping its Women’s Center limit at 60, but it has more than cut in half the number of people who can stay at its Mothers and Children’s Center, from 34 to 15.

Even with the lower admissions, the mission still houses about 400 people a night and provides meals and other services during the day to an additional 200 homeless people.

If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. 36 Do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God, so that they may continue to live among you.
Leviticus 25:35-36