EUGENE, Ore. — The city council moved one step closer to setting up a homeless camping site. On Monday, councilors voted 6-to-2 to continue looking into the pilot program.
The council is considering whether to open a site for 90 days that would allow overnight camping for people who are homeless. There couldn’t be more than 15 people at the site at any time, and the area would not be managed by the city. Groups would need to work with community partners who would provide toilets and garbage service.
The majority of people who spoke at the meeting were in favor of a camping site, but one councilor opposed the ordinance, saying that several community members have voiced their opposition to him personally, but they’re afraid for their safety.
If approved, the 90-day pilot program will begin in 30 to 60 days.