EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene has taken a new, yet familiar approach to getting rid of illegal homeless campers in downtown Eugene. But campers at the site they call “Whoville” say they aren’t going anywhere.
Campers say they are standing their ground until the city gives them space to legally stay.
Eugene has opened a temporary “rest stop” that holds 15 guests but Whoville advocates say it’s not enough. Mayor Kitty Piercy announced Friday night that she would not declare a state of emergency and legalize the Whoville site. She stated that there’s a process in place to legalize homeless camps and Whoville is not of the locations the city councilors voted on as a city “rest stop.”