They want her to declare a state of emergency to keep the site open.
Last week, the city of Eugene posted signs at the Broadway and Hilyard campsite, telling campers to leave the property or face criminal trespassing charges. About 40 to 50 people currently live on the publicly owned land.
Homeless advocates say the mayor has the power to let people legally camp there, under an emergency clause in the city code.
“We know that dispersing them, that exiling them into the shadows will only cause a public health and safety issue. Not just for the homeless, but for everybody. We know that this is an emergency,” said homeless advocate Alli Valkyrie.
Advocates say there is nowhere else for campers to go, and they’ve been living there with bathrooms and a handwashing station for the past four months, causing little disruption.
Mayor Piercy’s office says she’s been in meetings all day and hasn’t had a chance to review the request.