Hello, and welcome to the website for Ward 9: Homeless Neighbors Association, a community organization in Eugene, Oregon.
We are a grassroots community organization consisting of unhoused*, formerly unhoused, and marginally housed** people standing up for our right to exist and survive.
* Unhoused: Lacking basic shelter most or all nights.
** Marginally housed: Living in either subpar, “illegal”/unsanctioned, or precarious shelter. e.g. A car, couch-surfing, transitional housing, or just being a tenant at risk of eviction.
In our city of Eugene, we have 8 “wards” that each have a city councilor to represent them. Yet there are many of us in Eugene who are not represented: the homeless and marginally housed. Those who live on the streets, in cars, and in camps are subject to harassment and class prejudice at every turn. City Hall passes laws which discriminate against the homeless. Police and private security hassle, steal from, and unlawfully arrest the homeless. Our local news media too often demonizes, mischaracterizes, or generalizes us who are or have been homeless. We say, enough is enough, and we are organizing to stand up for ourselves and our families on the streets.
We want an end to the camping ban, the downtown dog ban, and other so-called “quality of life” laws which discriminate against the homeless. We are also demanding action from the community, City Hall, and others to end the deaths that happen on our streets due to homelessness which happen every year.
Further, Ward 9: Homeless Neighbors Association seeks to build connections among homeless and marginally housed people across the county so that we may be more unified to defend our rights and demand dignity and respect. Ward 9 would also like to build stronger connections and solidarity with the working poor, immigrant communities, and others who are one paycheck away from joining our family and friends on the streets.
Thank you for visiting our site, and we hope you join us in our fight for a fairer more equal Eugene and Lane County!