City to Evict Whoville Campers

EUGENE, Ore. — On Friday, the City of Eugene will notify Whoville campers that they have to vacate their site on Broadway and Hilyard. There are currently about 50 people camping at the site. The city says the property is not open for public use of any kind, so on Friday someone from the city … Continue reading »

No Plans to Close ‘Whoville’

EUGENE, Ore. — A passionate plea from the homeless community ends with some peace of mind for those in ‘Whoville’. Many people were concerned the city would shut down the camp at Broadway at Hilyard, but the city dispelled that rumor. The plea started with a song and poem, about an hour before the council … Continue reading »

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 »

Whoville Reacts to Chosen Camp Sites

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene City Council moved to approve two homeless camping sites, and one could be up and running in the next few weeks. One of the locations approved is a patch of land close to the railroad tracks near Northwest Expressway and Chambers Street. The other site is near Garfield Street and … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Braves Cold Weather

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 … Continue reading »

SLEEPS Marches to Mayor’s Office

EUGENE, Ore. — Progress was made between SLEEPS and the city of Eugene Monday, as SLEEPS members met with Mayor Kitty Piercy. SLEEPS members who live at the Whoville camp say talking with the mayor was a step in the right direction. Both the mayor, and the four members in the meeting, say it was … Continue reading »

Free Speech Plaza Closure Extended

EUGENE, Ore. — With a vote of 4-to-1, the Lane County Board of Commissioners moved to extend the closure of the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene Tuesday. The plaza was originally closed for four weeks to allow the board to create an ordinance change. County officials say in order to do that, … Continue reading »

Whoville Works to Stay Dry

EUGENE, Ore. — Although they’re outside, the homeless campers at Whoville worked to stay dry from the rain, Monday. Campers say with the rain coming down and the season changing, it’s motivating them to up the effort to find a safe place to sleep even more. Many have gathered in a covered area to stay … 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 »

Council Discusses Homeless Camping Sites

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene City Council will discuss the issue of homeless camping at its meeting Monday night. The focus will be about a proposed pilot project. Mayor Kitty Piercy says the project proposed by councilors will include looking at one or more sites to allow overnight camping. Guidelines will include no more than 15 … Continue reading »

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