EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council found little support for its plan to expand its camping program for area homeless, but now has better direction on how to proceed.
During what was at times a passionate meeting nightly night, councilors heard about why their current proposal wouldn’t work. Dozens spoke at the public hearing about how the city’s proposal to create a ‘rest stop’ for people to sleep overnight wasn’t enough.
Many of the councilors agreed and said they were hoping to find a solution, but it may take time. Those who spoke at the public hearing suggested the creation of camps around town where people could stay 24 hours a day.
The hearing comes at a time when dozens of demonstrators set up camps around Eugene, arguing for a safe place to sleep. The city will revisit the topic later this month.