> Providing for the Chronic Homeless in Eugene


> City: Eugene
> Issue: Homelessness


Team Members:

Isaac Morris,

Hannah Wyatt,

Marin Nagle,

Beatrix Ngia


Eugene, Oregon has the highest homeless population per capita, over twice the national average. Although the city has implemented non-emergency organizations, there are not nearly enough shelters or emergency clinics in place.

Many people in the community view people experiencing homelessness as a threat to public safety. This leads to criminalization of the homeless, which heightened during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, causing severe overcrowding in Lane County’s prison. Eugene also implemented various acts of anti-homelessness, including a ban on sleeping in public places and hostile design throughout the city. Eugene has six shelters to serve the entire city, with limited choices, where are the unhoused supposed to seek shelter?

This is why the city of Eugene needs large-scale emergency, transitional, and long-term affordable housing that ensures and targets the varying needs of this typically dismissed population. Whether it be transitional housing or serve as a home, our design concept is to create housing with levels of permanence, from temporary pod-like rooms to permanent apartment units, catering to the various needs of the houseless community. The nature of the modular exterior structure leaves flexibility for the number of unit types needed for the community as well as the design’s application in other cities. We included a working clinic in the program, as there are only a handful of small clinics in the area, as well as retail spaces to invite involvement from the general public and businesses. The idea is to shift the perception of homeless shelters and create positive change in the city—bringing revenue, cleaner streets, and respect to the community. We believe that housing is a human right and should not only be limited to those with a steady income.