Tucked away in the corner of the Fowler Street parking lot across from the Roseburg Public Library and the Douglas County Courthouse, the county has put up a metal carport structure, a picnic table and a portable bathroom.
On a Tuesday afternoon in February, three homeless men sat with veteran advocates Vern Jorgensen and Tonya Hall in a spare room on the third floor of Building 2 on the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus.
For about a month in the autumn of 2016, the only roof over Army veteran Earl Suggs’ head was the top of his 1993 Honda Accord.
After our story in Sunday’s News-Review about “Elliot Ness,” the homeless man who frequently occupies the bench outside Roseburg City Hall, we received calls from two people who were able to fill in the gaps of his life story.
Thomas Morris has been homeless since 1977. He hit the road after his divorce and has since been in every state but Vermont.
Although research suggests permanent housing is ultimately the key to solving Roseburg’s homeless problem, obtaining that housing can be difficult or impossible for people who are currently living on the street.
On a clear morning in late May, the sun was beginning to evaporate dew on the baseball fields at Gaddis Park in Roseburg — an area where unsheltered people have long established camps.
The Myrtle Creek City Council committed $10,000 to help fund a proposed sobering center in Roseburg at its regular meeting on Tuesday.
The Roseburg Parks and Recreation Commission held a contentious debate about a proposal to install sanitary facilities in city parks at its meeting on Wednesday.
Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation awarded $556,850 to 83 nonprofits serving Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lane counties.
In the back storage area of the Umpqua Low-Cost Veterinary Services clinic, there’s an office and a small room with a bed. Julia Russill, the clinic’s founder and director, sleeps there when a sick pet requires overnight monitoring.
Twenty-one years after leaving the U.S. Army, 51-year-old Linda Graves still struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. She said the beginning of fall is always difficult because it reminds her of traumatic experiences.
As winter draws closer and temperatures begin to plunge at night, the Warming Center at the Foundation Fellowship Church Dream Center in Roseburg prepares to open for the season.
Now that NeighborWorks Umpqua have purchased the Rose Apartments in downtown Roseburg, attention has turned to incorporating the recent acquisition as part of aplan to preserve and develop 500 units for low-income housing in Douglas County by 2020.
Some warming centers have been open during the recent cold spell in Douglas County, and for one of those, not only are homeless people welcome, but their pets also get to come in for the night.
Bethany Sandling, 18, and Lance Payne, 19, couldn’t be more grateful that there was room at the inn this Christmas season for the arrival of little Lincoln Payne.
Paul Boden was homeless in his teens, having lived on the streets of New York City and San Francisco. At age 22, he stumbled onto a unique place called the Hospitality House in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.
The Roseburg Rescue Mission has expanded its outside courtyard to provide homeless men additional space to gather in downtown Roseburg during the day.
The Roseburg Police Department has cleared out about 10,500 pounds of debris from homeless camps along the South Umpqua River, and it still has an estimated 500 pounds to go.
The number of children entering the foster care system is exploding, and there’s hardly enough people to stand by their side as court-appointed special advocates.
Feed the Burg is taking a two-month hiatus as it re-evaluates ways it could garner more volunteers and donations.
Instant noodle cups, canned beans and boxes of microwaveable popcorn line what little shelf space Alvin and Marian Catron have in their motel room, where they have been living for the last four months.
The Douglas County Library System will lose its official state recognition as a library after the county’s board of commissioners holds two public hearings, the last of which was at this Wednesday’s commisioner’s meeting.
Finding shelter on a cold night is something most of us take for granted. But for many homeless people in Douglas County, it is something to be especially thankful for this time of year.
Providing a safe place where students can do laundry, take a shower, get food and some new clothing may not be the primary purpose of schools, but across rural Douglas County schools are more often taking on this role in the lives of their students.