Eugene city council votes to relocate homeless campers

The Eugene city council voted unanimously to move unhoused people to designated sites away from public spaces.

Posted: Apr 28, 2021 1:12 PM
Updated: Apr 28, 2021 7:50 PM

EUGENE, Ore.--The Eugene city council on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to relocate homeless campers from major parks and other areas into designated "safe camping" and "safe parking" spots.

The designated areas will have utilities such as running water, electricity and portable bathrooms with sinks that are paid for by the city.

The exact locations of the safe camping and parking areas were not defined in the ordinance. Laura Hammond, a spokesperson for the city, said the goal is to have sites identified "as soon as possible."

The amendment says relocating illegally parked vehicles in west Eugene will be a top priority. Also, moving homeless campers out of the Washington-Jefferson Park and W. 13th Avenue and Chambers will be prioritized.

The ordinance will take effect immediately, but campers will not be forced to move until the new sites are up and running, staffers said.

The law will remain in effect until May 1, 2023, unless it is extended.

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