Homelessness is an issue felt across the country. Here in the Eugene/Springfield, homelessness is a wide-spread issue that many organizations have been grappling with for years. With the ever increasing population in the Eugene/Springfield areas, the housing market has become more competitive, which has increased rent, utility costs, and availability of housing. Although the population experiencing homelessness has remained relatively consistent throughout the last few years, waiting lists for subsidized housing and housing assistance programs continue to grow longer and longer. Many people turn to the Eugene Mission to seek temporary housing, especially during the cold winter months. However, if you are an unaccompanied youth and you are experiencing homelessness, gaining access to resources is more difficult.
Youth under the age of 18 are unable to access many food distribution resources, shelters, and resource centers due to their status as a minor. For those between the ages of 18 and 23, the available resources are oftentimes not appropriate and young people can find themselves interacting with populations they have not encountered yet. In order to fill this gap in resources for youth, the 15th Night has created a community coalition that acts as a safety net for young people experiencing homelessness.
The 15th Night is a broad community partnership designed to prevent youth from going out on the street and to intervene quickly if they do. Instead of creating a new 501(c)3, the 15th Night created a coalition of existing non-profits, businesses, and community leaders all focused on providing services to work on prevention and intervention. The 15th Night has created organizational objectives for the coalition:
- Reduce youth dropout rates due to homelessness
- Inform our community and youth of the dangers street life can bring
- Create a culture of caring throughout our community towards at-risk youth
- Help our community to better understand what their participation could do for a homeless youth
- Create accessibility for homeless youth in regards to community resources and assistance
How Does AFFEC Fit into the Network?
A Family For Every Child will be providing three services to the 15th Night network: mentoring, family finding, and host homes. AFFEC has been providing both mentoring and family finding to the community for almost a decade, however the host homes is a new program that was created to fill the housing gap in our community. To learn more about ...
- Host homes and how to become one, click here
- How to become a mentor
- Family finding - visit our family finding page for more information. Fill out the volunteer form to learn how to assist us with our family finding program.
We are also looking for community members to join the movement and volunteer in a number of ways. If you are interested in volunteering in either capacity:
- Fill out a volunteer application.
- Select the appropriate boxes for either mentor, family finding volunteer, or host home.
Having a safe and stable place to call home is an immeasurably important resource that many of us take for granted. AFFEC will providing homes for youth referred to the 15th Night network, who are maintaining regular attendance at school, so they can experience this necessity, while completing their secondary education. The host home matching system is mirrored after that of our mentoring program, in that it matches youth with volunteers on a strengths and needs basis. These homes are split into two categories- short term and long term. Short term housing providers will house a youth as they enter the program, for up to 30 days, unless a bond is formed between the pair. While staying in this home, the youth will work with AFFEC to determine who can provide them with the most successful long term placement. The long term housing providers will house the youth for the duration of the high school career. This sounds like a big commitment and it is. Housing providers are not allotted monthly stipends for supporting the youth and they assume a parental role in the relationship. However, the pair will be supported throughout the duration of their match by AFFEC and the 15th Night network. By being connected to the network, AFFEC can help youth get their Oregon ID, food stamps, clothing vouchers, and other necessities. It is not expected that those taking youth into their homes will take on a heavy financial burden when providing this service. However, we do have certain requirements to be a host home. Housing providers must:
- Have an available, private bedroom for the youth that has a bed, a window, and space for them to store their belongings.
- Have at least one adult, age 26+, who permanently resides in the home.
- Have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Have either renters or house insurance.
- Have an economically stable living situation.
If you believe that you could provide a youth in need with a place in your home, AFFEC encourages you to apply. The process for becoming one of our housing providers is as follows:
- Fill out a volunteer application. If you are looking at the form and Host Home is not listed, fill out the mentor portion of the application and indicate that you are applying for Host Homes.
- Complete a background check and pass a sex offender registry check.
- Pass a reference check. You will provide 4 references in your volunteer application that the program director will contact individually.
- Have a home study completed. This involves a member of the AFFEC staff asking you a series of questions and touring your home.
- Complete the orientation period which includes 16 hours of training at our office and online. You also will need CPR and Medication certification.
Information Nights (Eugene Office)
Are you interested in taking your first step towards adoption?! Please join us for our adoption information night! This is where you can learn about the general process of adoption and get all of your questions answered! There are a couple options every month!
Come into our Eugene Office for an friendly in-person Information meeting! Please RSVP for more information!
Information Nights are 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00pm to 7:30 pm – this is in our Office
Adoption Support Group
Monthly meeting for family’s at any stage of the adoption process; from just thinking about it to already finalized, everyone is welcome. We will discuss pertinent topics regarding the adoption process, challenging
behaviors, expectations and lot more. This will be a great opportunity for adoptive parents to meet and share ideas.
Third Sunday of each month at Old Nick’s Pub in Eugene
- June 06, 2020
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
- Bob Keefer Center
- This action packed day shows all children the hero that they can become. Bring your child to meet their favorite heroes. This day includes activities and visits with firemen, police, doctors, lots of dogs and so much more!
KVAL News Featurette – Peer to Peer Fundraising
January 16th, 2020
Peer to Peer fundraising gives potential adoptive parents the opportunity to include their friends and family in a fundraising effort for adoption fees to begin their adoption journey.Read More
KMTR News Featurette – Princess for a Day
March 3rd, 2019
Our 2019 Princess For A Day event has been our most successful one yet with 400 girls, most of which are in foster care, enjoying a day full of royal pampering alongside their favorite Disney princesses. Thank you to our community, volunteers, and those who donated for making this amazing event possible each yearRead More
KEZI News Featurette – Princess for a Day Donation Drop Boxes
January 9, 2019
As we prepare for our Annual Princess for a Day event, we rely on our community for their support and donations and in this case – Princess style clothing and accessories. The Eugene Police Department has been a long-time supporter of our organization and events and one of the ways they show their support is by hosting one of our Princess for a Day Donation Drop Boxes. KEZI joined our efforts this morning by spotlighting our Princess for a Day donation drop box (see video) located at the Eugene Police Department.Read More Princess for a Day
A Family for Every Child | December 11, 2018
We at AFFEC are honored to work with many families and even more amazing volunteers. Please take a moment to check out our latest video highlighting a few of these amazing people. We could not do what we do without each of you!
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- March 1, 2020
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Valley River Inn
- Our Princess for a Day event is A Family for Every Child’s flagship event. 2020 will mark our 12th year of providing foster and community children alike the opportunity to experience a day of pampering and fun. In 2019, we catered to more than 250 “princesses” and we expect to surpass that number in 2020.
Featured Family: Katie and David
We are a family of three, including one teenage daughter. We live in an urban area in Oregon. We have cats (2 indoor, 1 outdoor), chickens, and beehives. David converted our yard into a garden ten years ago. We have several fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Our daughter loves to forage for snacks as the seasons change. Our house is cozy and comfortable. We enjoy cooking and working in the yard.