Citing the length of time it took to get the first rest-stop running, the city may extend the pilot program until October 31. The city has yet to open a second rest stop because it can’t find a volunteer organization to run the site. The extension is intended to help find a volunteer for the second rest stop.
Councilor Claire Syrett also discussed opening a third rest stop. She says it would allow a safe place for homeless people who may use drugs and alcohol, but have no where to go.
“It’s an idea of a kind of, de facto wet-bed. It’s not a great term, but that’s the idea of providing someone with safe shelter without reacquire them to be clean and sober,” said Councilor Syrett.
A public hearing for extending the rest stop pilot program will be scheduled for next month.
Councilor Syrett says she will make her pitch for a third rest stop later this week. The council also directed the City Manager to begin conversations with Lane County on regional measures to address homelessness.