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Councilors Revisit Homeless Issues

EUGENE, Ore. — The issue of homeless will be top of mind as Eugene City Councilors return from summer break.

Councilors are in for a long night that will include a regular meeting and two work sessions, Monday. While not all topics are expected to be about homelessness, it will be a hot topic.

The homelessness issues have taken center stage in the last month. First there was a protest in the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza with demonstrators urging the city to increase camping rights. That has since been shut down because of sanitation concerns.

Campers dispersed throughout the city, including Whoville, which was disbanded over the weekend.

Some protestors say they’re going to present a plan to councilors that will include creating a pilot site on city owned land. They say the camp won’t hold more than 15 people, but would provide a safe place for people to sleep. The plan is different than the already approved Opportunity Village.

Councilors aren’t expected to make any type of decision at Monday night’s meeting.

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  1. jason marks says:

    re visit the total waste of money.

    THEY (sleeps) and their related organizations have wasted untold amounts of money.. and now they wonder why everyone is pissed off?

    what a joke. don’t give them anything~

    1. Kay says:

      Waste of money? The city spends more money criminalizing homelessness than they’ll ever spend dealing with SLEEPS. The city hides the ridiculous amount of money they spend, but if you look closely, its quite significant.

  2. hippie says:

    I’m glad to see that the councilors are finally trying to help the homeless community. It’s really not much to ask for either,…..SLEEP!!

    1. musicman60 says:

      if it dont cost much let them stay with you but i dont want them on my streets yes my streets

      1. jose says:

        It doesn’t cost the city to let them sleep in unused sections of the city where overall costs they will generate will be reduced. Its not just helping them. Its helping our whole community. And if you really care about the streets you so proudly claim to own….then you should be helping the city to find ways to save money. These sites…and other housing first options save the city money in long run. If you don’t believe me look it up.

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