EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene’s first rest stop, the recently approved pilot program for homeless people, could be open by the end of the month.
The Eugene City Council approved two sites with the second only opening if the first proves successful. One of those sites was at Northwest Expressway and River Road. The other is on Roosevelt Boulevard, just west of Garfield Street.
The city’s leaning toward opening the Roosevelt site, which it would have up and running by Dec. 1.
Right now, a lock guards the small site on Roosevelt, which is right next to a business and across the street from homes.
One of the stipulations of these new rest stops was that an organization had to oversee it.
While the city has yet to decide which organization that will be, it did say Community Supported Shelters has submitted a proposal. The executive director envisions eight platforms for tents there and five conestoga huts.
Part of the requirement of living there would be community service or volunteering. As for who stays there, he says he would focus on veterans and married couples.
“If you have a platform, as long as you’re abiding by the rules and you’re doing what’s asked of you to be here, you could be here all winter,” said Erik Debuhr, Community Supported Shelter.
Community Supported Shelters is one of two organizations that have submitted proposals to run the rest stops. As for what happens when there are more than 15 people seeking shelter at the sites, Debuhr says there will be a manager and a process in place to handle that situation. However, specifics of that plan are still being worked out.