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Homeless to be Park Hosts

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Lane County Parks managers are looking at using homeless people as park hosts.

Lane County has 73 parks and a staff of 10, so it can’t patrol all of them. It wants to partner with St. Vincent de Paul and the Homeless Coalition to set up hosts at places like Whitely Landing.

In just the past year, Lane County Parks says Whitely Landing cost the department $5,000 in compliance checks and illegal dumping calls. So it says if some of the parks had hosts, vandalism, littering and loitering might diminish.

The program would be for people who own RVs or campers but don’t have a place to stay. In exchange for a place, a person or family acts as the county’s eyes even performing some security and maintenance. Those hosts will be held to a high standard.

“Those agreements say their site needs to be kept clean and orderly. They need to promote a positive outlook of themselves and the park, that they represent Lane County Parks,” said David Stockdale, Lane County Senior Parks Analyst.

Only one person or family would be allowed to host. This program wouldn’t allow for a multiple family homeless camp to be set up.

The hope is to have the hosts set up by Thanksgiving and then monitor them for a couple of months. If Lane County Parks wants this program to grow, then commissioners will have to weigh in.

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  1. jason marks says:

    the squatters are the ones who make the messes. one comes then two, then three, then you have to get a court order to force them to leave.

    bad idea.

    not to mention the whole host of other “issues” I am thinking of right now.

  2. withheld says:

    Jason, did you even read the article, or just pass judgement based on the headline?

    “Only one person or family would be allowed to host. This program wouldn’t allow for a multiple family homeless camp to be set up.”

    “Those agreements say their site needs to be kept clean and orderly. They need to promote a positive outlook of themselves and the park, that they represent Lane County Parks”

  3. Roma Adams says:

    I think it’s a wonderful idea. As the season gets colder, the homeless are in serious need of help. Allowing someone who has an RV or camper to host the site(s) will give them a sense of worth and help provide a great service. I hope that many more agencies and companies take a look at this to see how they may also help. Two thumbs up for the Lane County Parks Managers.

  4. Kayla says:

    Will these people have background checks done on them? There are families with kids as well as elderly people that camp in these areas. I say this is an easy way out for the people to be able to stay free and this could be very dangerous.

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