It’s getting tougher to get a spot at the Eugene area’s only homeless shelter.
The Register-Guard reports that the Eugene Mission has imposed new admission limits and put stricter drug and alcohol rules in place.
Previously, 350 men were allowed to spend the night. Now, only 285 will be admitted.
And only 15 people will be allowed to stay in the mothers’ and children’s center, down from 34.
Higher numbers of residents were putting a big strain on staff at the mission. They were coping with many people who are mentally ill.
That means that some people will be turned away. Over the weekend, for example, the Women’s Center had 87 names on its waiting list.
Another change: Getting caught with drugs at the shelter will mean a six month ban.