A camper said the majority of those who are camping at the old federal building are members of Whoville. Back on April 1, the Eugene Police Department shut down the Whoville camp at Broadway and Hilyard.
One camper says about 50 members of Whoville are “hiding out in the woods, moving daily so they don’t get tickets.”
A spokeswoman for the federal building says it cost more than $7,000 to clean up the plaza a week or so ago because a HazMat crew had to be called in due to the unsanitary condition of the plaza.
Campers say they’ve chosen to go back there because they aren’t getting cited or kicked out.
“Safe Haven–that’s what I am calling it ’cause I am safe right here. I can’t get a ticket at nighttime. It is a lot better here. I think it is going to help form Whoville be a stronger thing,” said Whoville homeless camper Nathan Showers.
Since the plaza was reopened on April 9, the Federal Protection Services (FPS) says it has issued three citations for urinating and defecating in public, possession of marijuana and trespassing.
FPS officers have also issued multiple warnings for possession of and being under the influence of alcohol.
One of the campers said the Eugene Mission has a waiting list, but the Eugene Mission says it has a total of 104 open beds–63 men’s beds, six women’s beds, and 35 moms and kids beds. Iit sometimes uses a lottery system when it gets full, but the director said there hasn’t been a lottery in weeks.