Operation 365 works to keep housing homeless veterans in Lane County

For many veterans, having a home can help turn their lives around.

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 6:35 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Homeless veterans in Lane County are continuing to get a hand-up from the community through Operation 365.

For many veterans in Lane County, having a home can help turn their lives around.

That's exactly what Operation 365 has been striving to do since 2014.

Alex Dreher with Lane County Human Services said that in 2014 the community, spear-headed by the Poverty and Homelessness Board, started Operation 365 to house one veteran for every day that's in a year.

"It was a yearlong initiative, and they actually housed 404 veterans that year," Dreher said.

Since then, they have housed an additional 476 veterans.

To do that, the agencies involved with Operation 365 work to find those veterans and get them on the Master Wait List for a home.

"People have found housing throughout the community," Dreher said. "These are not necessarily units that were built, but it's engaging landlords to house veterans in the community."

Dreher said there are plenty of units in the Eugene and Springfield areas to house the homeless veterans on the wait list.

But they need more landlords willing to work with them to make those homes more affordable for them.

Veteran Darryl Richardson recently went through Operation 365.

He said he never thought of himself as homeless because he was always able to find a place to stay.

However, he decided to accept assistance from the program once he realized that he needed a place for him and his kids.

"And then there was, 'Hey, hey, hey. What's up man? How ya doing? I got my kids today, can I come over and kick it with you for a little while so I got some place for my kids to be? And that got old," Richardson said. "So, having a place and knowing that my children can bring their friends over and not be ashamed, I'm very thankful for that."

If you're a landlord and would like to help these veterans find affordable housing, you can contact Homes For Good at 541-682-3755.

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