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Whoville Supporters Call on Eugene Mayor

1-23 WHOVILLE ASKS PIERCYEUGENE, Ore. — Members and supporters of the campsite “Whoville” had a big request for the mayor of Eugene Thursday.

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.

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  1. Concerned says:

    I have to respectively disagree with the statement that the people staying in whoville have caused little disruption. I work in that area and have dealt with people fighting, screaming and yelling at all hours of the day and night, customers complaining about being harassed when they walk by, and loss of business because people feel the area is unsafe. My heart goes out to the people that are homeless and I realize that there are some serious issues that need to be addressed so that our homeless population can have access to services they need to get off the street. However, the current location is not working. The businesses in the area are being negatively impacted and there is a lot of drinking and drug use going on. I’ve personally had people from whoville scream, yell, and curse at me for having to ask them to leave our property. I’m in no way saying that they are all like that, but it gets frustrating dealing with the same issues over and over. I’m all for the city finding areas that can be created as safe places for homeless people to camp and get on their feet, but they need to be supervised so that illegal activities are not being engaged in. Broadway & Hillyard is not a viable choice and whoville needs to be disbanded and fenced off so that this doesn’t happen again.

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