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City of Eugene to clean up homeless camp on Chambers Street

The city is taking action, posting signs all along Chambers from 2nd to 5th Avenues, saying those campers have 24 hours to clean up their campsites, or their possessions will be taken.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 7:09 PM
Updated: Sep. 13, 2018 7:09 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The homeless encampment on Chambers Street has been told to pack up and move by the city of Eugene.

This comes after a story KEZI 9 News ran on Wednesday with employees in the area speaking out about their concerns.

RELATED: EMPLOYEES ON CHAMBERS STREET FRUSTRATED OVER GROWING HOMELESS CAMP

Businesses in the area said those campsites have been here for nearly a week.

Now, the city is taking action, posting signs all along Chambers from 2nd to 5th avenues, saying those campers have 24 hours to clean up their campsites or their possessions will be taken.

Marcianne Yantz, the account coordinator of a local business, said she saw city workers posting those signs around noon on Thursday.

Yantz said she then got a call from Eugene Public Works, saying after noon on Friday whatever trash or camps are left will be cleaned up by the city.

"I was on my way out and I stopped and asked one of the city workers what those notices were, and they explained it to me." Yantz said. "I no sooner got to the office than I got a call from the public works department and they said that -- they plan to be out tomorrow for any individual and any items that were left behind they would be removing them."

Alex Hohenlohe-Langenburg manages Langenburg Oxygen Water and said he's seen these camps pop up over the last week or so.

He said he's glad to see them being cleaned up but sympathizes with the homeless in the area that need a place to sleep.

"There's certain places where that kind of stuff is okay, and just right here on the street, especially next to all the businesses -- it's a little unsightly to look at," Hohenlohe-Langenburg said. "You know, and maybe that way, we can do something about it. You know, maybe open up some shelters and things to help them."

After noon on Friday, if any of the campers have had their possessions taken by the city, they will have 30 days to go to the location they're being stored at and claim them.

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