2023 State of the City - Year in Review

2022 brought connections and development to Eugene. The Farmers Market Pavilion opened in the heart of downtown, offering year-round home for the Lane County Farmers Market and a fresh event space. The Downtown Riverfront Park opened and hosted a Riverfront Festival that was free and accessible to all during the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. These big events and new facilities brought renewed energy and excitement after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homelessness & Affordable Housing

Housing and homelessness remain top priorities for our  community. The City of Eugene continues to address these challenges, with its Housing Implementation Pipeline to increase affordable and supported housing, boost the overall housing supply, and add shelter and resources for unhoused people.

With one-time federal funds, in 2022 the City opened three more Safe Sleep sites for people experiencing homelessness with partner site operators St. Vincent de Paul, Everyone Village, and Carry It Forward.  

In partnership with Lane County, the City celebrated the opening of the River Avenue Navigation Center, providing shelter and stability services to 75 unhoused people.

With support from the City, community housing agency Homes For Good opened The Nel, a permanent-supportive housing complex for 45 residents who had been chronically homeless.

These City-supported projects have added nearly 300 spaces for people to receive help, recover, and plan for the future.

To further expand affordable housing, the City Council approved property tax exemptions for more than 200 low-income rental homes, and City funds helped launch construction on more than 150 affordable homes, including rentals for at-risk youth.

As we move into 2023, City staff and projects continue to focus on citywide livability, utilizing feedback from the community survey to guide our work. We look forward to continued engagement and working together on Eugene’s priorities, big and small.