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Homeless Advocates Look to Construct Semi-Permanent Homeless Camp

EUGENE, Ore. — Homeless advocates are looking to construct a semi-permanent homeless village at a field on West 14th Avenue.

The concern from community members is it’s across the street from Cesar Chavez Elementary School.

Right now, three families who are a part of St. Vincent de Paul’s car-camping program use the site.

Those families go through background checks and must check in regularly.

Parents at Cesar Chavez worry about the homeless population here expanding to an unpeaceful level.

“I don’t think across from an elementary school is the best choice. If this were to become an out-of-control situation or transient by nature, you don’t necessarily know who is there, and it concerns me,” said parent Megan Beverly.

The idea called Opportunity Village is in its preliminary stages.

Those involved say 120-150 individuals would go through background checks and have oversight.

It would also be a gated community.

The idea is being discussed Tuesday, July 10 by a task force, which has some city staff members on board along with community and church leaders.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Elementary.

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