EUGENE, Ore. — SLEEPS members are worried the Eugene City Council’s decision to set up homeless camping sites will make it tougher to survive the cold weather.
Some SLEEPS members say they aren’t too happy about the two sites that were chosen. One site is near Garfield Street and Roosevelt Boulevard. The other is near Northwest Expressway and Chambers Street.
SLEEPS member Todd Hurlburt says the people who live at the SLEEPS camps are like a family and help each other stay warm to get through the night. They’re concerned because the camps have a 15-person limit and people might not survive the cold weather if they’re separated.
“Unfortunately, I hope it doesn’t happen. But, you know, somebody is going to freeze to death. Somebody is going to do something that is not very wise to stay warm at night, and they’re going to injure themselves. And if that happens, it’s not on the city council’s plate, it’s their fault,” Hurlburt said.
City Councilor Claire Syrett says the reality is some of the members may be split up because of the 15-person limit.