Councilors reject making Highway 99 camp a dusk to dawn site

The Highway 99 homeless camp will not become a dusk to dawn site. The decision was made final by the Eugene City Council Wednesday.

Posted: Dec. 13, 2018 9:08 AM
Updated: Dec. 13, 2018 9:47 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Highway 99 homeless camp will not become a dusk to dawn site. This decision was made final by the Eugene City Council Wednesday. 

This means the homeless camp north of Roosevelt Boulevard will continue to operate 24 hours a day without any formal program for the campers. 

This decision also means the city will not be giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund the operation. 

KEZI 9 News spoke with many campers who said they were pleased with this decision. 

"It directly affects me because instead of only having a place to go at night, we have a place to go throughout the day and night," said William Dinnell, a Highway 99 camper.

"I am so thankful that council voted no overwhelmingly which is not the usual. I was thrilled that they did it because they know this is not the right fit for the people that are here," said Eric Jackson, another camper. 

At Wednesday's meeting only councilor Claire Syrett voted for the change. 

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