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Egan Warming Center in desperate need of sites in Springfield

There are no longer any Egan Warming Center sites in Springfield

Posted: Nov 8, 2018 7:05 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2018 7:30 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Organizers at the Egan Warming Center said they need help because there aren't any sites in Springfield this year.

The Egan Warming Center is a nonprofit that provides the homeless population with safe, warm places to stay at night when temperatures drop below 30 degrees.

Shelley Corteville, the director with the Egan Warming Center, said the two Egan Warming sites in Springfield will no longer be available.

One site had fire safety standard issues. The other site decided not to offer services anymore.

"I know that none of us would want to wake up one morning with the news that one of our neighbors froze to death,” Corteville said. “I know we wouldn't want that. So, since I know we wouldn't want that, let's step up and make sure that doesn't happen."

Corteville says that people need to remember that the homeless population has limited safety with these sites being unavailable. 

"We have our neighbors without addresses that have no home, it's not safe. Whether there are ice storms...tree limbs can come down and that has happened. We need to keep our guests safe," Corteville said. 

She said they are working with the city of Springfield to find more locations. In the meantime, Corteville said they still have six sites located throughout Eugene.

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