PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST TRAINING

Nightingale Public Advocacy Collective’s Peer Support Specialist Training Project is sponsoring a, free, Oregon Health Authority-approved, training opportunity for people working with unhoused neighbors in our community. We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to learn new skills and improve existing ones. We hope to spread tools of empowerment throughout the houseless community so that individually, and collectively, the voices and ideas of those most affected are heard and resources are committed to end our community’s housing crisis.

The project’s goal is to provide training for 45 individuals in 2016. We anticipate offering the first class for 15 people this spring. The 40-hour course will be provided by Project Able http://projectable.org and will be held locally 5 days over a 2-week period. Applicants should expect to spend some study time outside of class.

For those completing the course and obtaining certification, explorations are underway to provide opportunities to work part-time hours.… Read the rest


SLEEPS Protesting in Eugene Again!

Another Oregon winter has begun and it has been severely cold, windy, and wet already. Again, thousands of our unhoused citizens face another New Year with their basic human rights being violated by Eugene’s laws against sleeping. With tents erected illegally in a refugee camp fashion, the words “Please let us sleep” say it all at the SLEEPS protest currently on 150 Shelton Mcmurphy Blvd. Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep is what they want and it seems like a fair request but what they have been getting is even more tickets than usual and a lot of police time that could be much better spent. Forcing people from one place to another when they honestly have no where to go and no choice but to sleep, is a waste of city resources and anyone that agrees can email the city here. You can also go to a meeting and let your voice be heard.… Read the rest


Whoville

Whoville is an unsanctioned tent sanctuary made up of mostly homeless and some housed people who are protesting for the right to sleep.
Whoville is 30 homeless strong and growing everyday.  We have moved eight times in one month but are currently standing our ground in the shadow of the Federal Courthouse at 6th and Mill, N of Federal Courthouse.  All together 14 (no camping) tickets have been issued on 11/5/14, 11/19/14, 11/24/14, and 11/26/14.
We are camping on unused city-owned property to have shelter from wind and rain, to support each other and to call attention to the criminalization of houseless people in Eugene.  Another storm is coming soon…
We are becoming very familiar with the train system of Eugene, feel like we practically know the people that honk their horns on their way to work starting at 4 am and the friendlier supporters that tap their horns hello as they go by.… Read the rest