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.