Chamber of Commerce chimes in on homeless camp reversal

The Chamber's CEO said she's glad the council decided to table the conversation for now, and hopes the chamber and public will be involved in any future discussions.

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 10:15 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 6:46 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Chamber of Commerce and multiple downtown businesses said they felt left out of the conversation before the decision was made to open a temporary homeless camp at the old City Hall lot.

The Eugene City Council decided to hold off on the downtown homeless camp so they could focus on a partnership with Lane County -- for the temporary homeless camp they opened off of Highway 99 over the weekend.

RELATED: Eugene reverses decision on downtown homeless camp

However, a downtown camp isn't completely off the table.

Chamber of Commerce CEO Brittany Quick-Warner said if those discussions continue, more people need to be involved.

"If we're going to have that conversation, which I think we should, it needs to include the business community and the neighbors and the folks who are down here day-in and day-out operating their businesses, living down here -- they need to be a part of that conversation," Quick-Warner said.

She said business owners and residents of downtown were unsure of the potential downtown camp because they didn't know the exact plans for the camp and didn't feel it was the right solution, even just temporarily.

As for the immediate future, Quick-Warner said the chamber is committed to working with the city to find solutions that would benefit the whole community.

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