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Corvallis church allowing homeless campers on property

"Safe Camp" is located on the property of First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Posted: Aug 14, 2019 1:14 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 6:45 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A Corvallis church has opened their property to homeless campers.

"Safe Camp" is located on the property of First Congregational United Church of Christ in a wooded area next to the church.

Church officials said there's been homeless people on the property before, and they have been providing services to the campers since mid-July. There are currently 16 campers on the property, and they can have a maximum of 21 based on the size.

Campers are required to follow a code of conduct, church officials said. That includes no criminal activity or open fires. They said church leaders check on the camp daily to make sure that everyone is following the rules.

At the camp, there’s portable toilets, dumpsters, water and electrical access for charging phones.

Church leaders said three previous campers have gone on to find more permanent housing, and one had to be arrested after he brought a gun to the camp.

Going forward, they said they are working to submit a site plan that could keep the camp open until Oct. 25, but they said they could close the camp down at any time if they deem it unsafe.

One man who said he lives nearby told KEZI 9 News he will sue if the camp doesn't go away.

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