Public Input Sought for Rest Stops

EUGENE, Ore. — The community has a chance to weigh in on Eugene’s experimental rest stop pilot program for the homeless Tuesday night.2-18 rest stop pic

The Eugene City Council wants public input on keeping the first rest stop site at Roosevelt and Garfield open a little longer.

It’s supposed to close March 31.

But councilors want to extend it to October 31, so they can get more information about the site’s progress.

“There’s been a lot of interest in the whole homelessness situation overall and how we’re going to deal with any kind of short term shelter or camping solution and the date itself. There has been a lot of interest in extending it so we could get the second pilot off the ground,” said Jan Bohman, city of Eugene spokeswoman.

The second site would be set up at the corner of Chambers and Northwest Expressway.

It hasn’t opened yet because no one has stepped forward to sponsor it.

Tuesday’s meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Hall of the Public Service Building downtown.

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