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Whoville Says Third Site Not Acceptable

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EUGENE, Ore. — Supporters of the homeless campsite known as Whoville are once again upset with the Eugene City Council.

They say the site identified for a third rest stop is not acceptable.

The group held a press conference Wednesday at the Northwest Expressway and River Road site to explain why it would not work. Advocates read a letter to the crowd of about 25 people explaining why they think putting another rest stop at this location is a bad idea. Later in the day they delivered that rejection letter to city administrators, outlining all of their issues with this site.

At a work session on Feb. 26, the council approved the creation of a third homeless rest stop adjacent to the second one, located near River Road and the Northwest Expressway.

The second rest stop will open this weekend with Community Supported Shelters agreeing to act as operators.

“If they…force this to happen, we would not manage this site here. It would be just a recipe for failure,” said Erik Debuhr, Director of CSS.

Debuhr says he was shocked by council’s decision, and he’s not alone.

“Placing these two populations to what amounts to two adjacent cages would only magnify the potential triggering of PTSD,” said Michael Carrigan, CALC.

Having the two rest stops on the same land is just one of the many reasons homeless advocates are rejecting this third site.

“The Northwest site is remote. It does not offer adequate access to much needed services an amenities,” said mediator Jennifer Frenzer, JD.

They also say the lack of sidewalks and proximity to the loud, multi-rail train tracks and busy expressway are very dangerous for those with mental illness. One of the biggest concerns is the earthy and steep terrain.

“It’s clear to me that… anybody with a disability, anybody’s that bound by wheel chair or walker, this site is totally unsuitable,” said George Brown, Eugene City Councilor (Ward 1).

Brown was the only city representative at the press conference. He says he’s still absorbing the information but has new insight after visiting the location for the first time.

“This happens quite a few hours out of the 24. So, no this is not the ideal place. And yet, it’s better than nothing,” Brown said.

Brown says the council will have to make some big decisions this coming week, including possibly extending the April 1 deadline to start closing the current Whoville site at Broadway and Hilyard because after next week the city council will go on a one-month break.

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  1. Anon says:

    This is disgusting. Please move forward with the plans to close WhoVille. Occupants can find other means of residence. Why cater to the problem and let them stay even longer? Can’t sleep? GO SOMEWHERE ELSE…

  2. amy says:

    well they could get jobs and live in a better place or get educated and again a job and live better..

    1. Bill Evans says:

      That’s not always true! I have have 2 Bachelor of Arts Degrees and served in the Army/Army National Guard for 9 years. My wife and I were homeless for almost 2 years after losing our house. There are not many jobs there in Oregon due to the damn Liberals who are in charge there. Thank God I got my Military Benefits and in Grad School, that helped us get the money together to get out of Oregon and down here to Florida, where we finally got a house as well as I got a job. But the reason we have what we have now is due to moving from the West Coast to the East Coast, plus the fact that I have my Military Benefits. There are still 1,000’s on the streets there in Oregon who are Military Veterans; Some Veterans with spouses and even some with children. So know what the hell you’re talking about! Most of you Liberals there in Oregon voted to make it against the law to even sleep in your own car at a Church! God have mercy on you idiots!!! God bless those who are poor due to no fault of their own!!!!

      Matthew 5:2-4
      New King James Version (NKJV)
      2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

      3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
      For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
      4 Blessed are those who mourn,
      For they shall be comforted.

  3. XJ750 says:

    I thought illegal camping was a city ordinance offense in Eugene. A few years ago, they used to take people with that charge to jail. They need to shut down that camp and send its occupants camping. That town’s really gone downhill in the past few years. Sounds like it’s time to make a few changes at the city hall and get some new blood in there. That so-called mayor needs to go.

    1. musicman60 says:

      yes it is illegal if your a taxpayer but if your a druggie or bum you get keys to the city with miss kittys permission

  4. brubren says:

    There will be too much noise there??? And Franklin Blvd is quiet?
    Grow some Kitty, and the council too. This is a blight on our city. This trash heap needs to be closed down.

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