Homeless Campers Unhappy With Rest Stops

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene approved a motion to open the first homeless rest stop at Roosevelt and Garfield. But many homeless campers near downtown said this rest stop opening is causing problems for many homeless people in the area. Tzedakah Bat Eliyah has been camping at the corner of Broadway and Hilyard … Continue reading »

Two Sites Approved For Rest Stops

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council approved two sites that will likely serve as rest stops for the homeless in the near future. The city narrowed the list from five to two. Both are in close proximity to current homeless services. The decision came down after a lengthy discussion at Monday’s City Council meeting. … Continue reading »

Council Moves Toward Camping Program

EUGENE, Ore. — The city council moved one step closer to setting up a homeless camping site. On Monday, councilors voted 6-to-2 to continue looking into the pilot program. The council is considering whether to open a site for 90 days that would allow overnight camping for people who are homeless. There couldn’t be more … Continue reading »

Neighbors Support BLM Clean-up

EUGENE, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has just barely begun the clean-up and restoration process at the west Eugene wetlands, but neighbors still had a lot to say about what has been going on in their own backyard. While the wetlands are now completely clear of illegal campsites, neighbors said they still … Continue reading »

BLM Begins Clean-Up

EUGENE, Ore. — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) started the clean-up process in the west Eugene wetlands on Thursday. Crews got started a day late, but didn’t lose any time trying to get things ready for restoration. Crews are hoping to clear out about 40 different campsites within the next two weeks. Clean-up was … Continue reading »

Residents Fight Homeless Camping

EUGENE, Ore. — Some residents are sharing their frustrations about the idea that local homeless may be moving into their neighborhood park. The city is currently working to find a way to provide the homeless safe spaces to sleep overnight. During that process, a list of potential spots is being considered, including parks. Folks living … Continue reading »

Protesters Rally for Homeless Rights

EUGENE, Ore. — Those fighting for a place for the homeless let their intentions be heard well before Monday’s city council meeting. A group called Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Place to Sleep (SLEEPS) held a rally outside the Lane County Courthouse. Demonstrators say the city council ignored them during the last meeting, so they thought … Continue reading »

Vehicle Camping Ordinance Extended

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council will allow people to camp at vehicle campsites for at least another two years. This has many people very happy about the decision. KEZI 9 News photojournalist Jason Crow spoke with one person who benefits from the ordinance. Click on the video above to watch the story.

Homeless Park Host Program Begins

LEABURG, Ore. — A new pilot program in Lane County is now giving homeless people a place to live, while keeping local parks safe. The first site is at the old McKenzie Fish Hatchery along Highway 126. The man staying there in a trailer and acting as a host says he’s found his own little … Continue reading »

Council Discusses Homeless Camp Plans

EUGENE, Ore. — City councilors moved forward with discussions on Opportunity Village, a temporary transitional shelter for the local homeless population in the form of a camp. At a meeting Wednesday at the Eugene Public Library, councilors looked at the logistics for what a possible site might look like. The council recognized a dire need … Continue reading »

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