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Springfield City Club

Springfield City Club regularly holds programs from noon to 1:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month (although there may be occasional adjustments). All programs are open to the public. While we look forward to being able to meet in person at some time in the future, at present, all meetings are held as Zoom webinars. Invitations are sent to all those on  our mailing list, so please sign up if you wish to receive an invitation

Current Programs

March 4: Homes for Good

Homes for Good, the Lane County Housing Agency has recently opened The Commons at MLK, a “housing first” approach to reducing homelessness. The Commons is a Permanent Supportive Housing program with 51 unit studio apartment for people experiencing chronic homelessness located at 2315 MLK Jr Blvd next door to Lane County Behavioral Health. There will be on-site property management and supportive services.

The minimum criteria to be considered for housing at The Commons on MLK include:

  • Currently living in an emergency shelter, outdoors, in a car, or other homeless situation
  • Household gross income is at or below 50% Area Median Income
  • No one in the household is registered as a life-time sex offender.
  • No one in the household has a record of manufacturing methamphetamine in a federally subsidized unit.

Jacob Fox,  the Executive Director of Homes for Good, will discuss these and other agency efforts to reduce homelessness at the March 4 program. Jacob Fox joined Homes for Good in 2013 and became Executive Director in 2015. He is passionate about transforming organizations in order to better serve communities. Jacob began his career in the mid-1990s and is a national leader and advocate for affordable housing.

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Future Programs
Recent Programs

February 18 — Ward 1 Council Candidates

With the appointment of Sean VanGordon as Mayor of Springfield, the City Council seat elected from Ward 1 has become vacant. Eight individuals have applied to fill the vacancy. The individual appointed will serve until December 31, 2022.

The Council interviewed four the applicants at a work session on February 16. Interviews will continue at the February 22 work session. The Council anticipates that an appointment will be made at the March 1 meeting of the Council.

Members of the public may comment at  March 1 meetings of the Council, may give feedback by email, send comments by mail or by delivering them to the City Managers office.

Eight individuals applied for the position. They are Troy Allen, Grace Bergen, Tim Canter, Thomas, Lawrence, Kelly Mason, Damien Pitts, Ray Suit, and Michelle Webber. Springfield City Club has invited all eight applicants to a webinar scheduled for noon on February 18. City Club received statements from five of the candidates. They are each reproduced below. Four of the candidates were available for the forum on the 18th. You may view that forum on the City Club Facebook page.

[Grace Bergen
Tim Canter
Ray Suit
Damien Pitts

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