10 transients kicked out of a house in Bethel

Neighbors said this isn't the first time they've had a problem with homeless in the area.

Posted: Mar 27, 2018 6:42 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Police and City Code Enforcement responded to the 700 block of Bethel Dr. after receiving several complaints about transients living in a vacant house. Upon arriving, they found 10 homeless people living in the house and evicted them all.

Neighbors said this isn't the first time they've had issues with homeless people in the area. They said they weren't surprised to see this many transients found in the home.

All neighbors KEZI spoke with agreed that there was an excessive amount of homeless people in the area, but one neighbor said it has never bothered him.

"I've been living here for about five or six years and we haven't had a single issue. No car break-ins, no...not a single issue," said Jim Tily, a resident of the Bethel area.

Tily said he hadn't even realized someone was occupying the home on Bethel Dr. He said though he understands why the homeless people had to be kicked out, it's hard in any situation to see anyone end up without a roof over their head.

"I don't know those people; I don't know the reasons why they were there, but I think it's always a sad thing when people don't have a home," Tily said.

His opinion was definitely an unpopular one, as most neighbors said they've run into problems with the homeless population. One woman said she's currently in the process of relocating because of it, and is actually quite threatened by the transients in the area.

All 10 of the transients were cited with criminal trespassing, and three of them were arrested on previous warrants.

The house was deemed a dangerous dwelling.

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