EUGENE, Ore. -- The city of Eugene has narrowed its search for potential homeless camping/parking sites to eight privately owned properties and three that are publicly owned.
The city provided the information to KEZI 9 News following a public records request.
The temporary, managed sites would allow people to legally park their vehicles or sleep in tents to reduce the impacts of current unsanctioned camping across the city, officials said.
The new sites will accommodate a larger number of vehicles or tents, larger than the previously allowed number of 60 vehicles or up to 40 tents.
This week, city staff and Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce staff are reaching out to residents and businesses adjacent to the possible sites to gather input.
Below is the list of sites currently being considered:
- 11th and Garfield
- W. 11th and Greenhill
- 151 River Ave
- 6th and Chambers
- 6th and Filmore
- 2nd and Cleveland
- Hwy 99 and Roosevelt
- 422 Stevenson Way
- Chase Commons Park at Garden Way and Commons Drive
- 2nd and Garfield
- River Road Station at River Road and Beltline
The city approved an ordinance to allow these safe sleep sites on April 28. Up to 60 vehicles and 40 tents will be allowed per site. More than 300 sites were considered before the list was narrowed down.
People staying at two large temporary camps -- 13th Avenue and Washington Jefferson Park -- will be prioritized and have the option to move into the new sites.
Mayor Lucy Vinis said she is hopeful about this proposal.
"We're hoping that this new strategy that council has approved with the safe sleeping sites, the tent sites and the car camping sites, that we'll begin to have a better situation for people who are unsheltered in our community who will have a place for them to go because that is the challenge," said Vinis.
Despite Vinis remaining positive, many small businesses in the area said they are angry about the sites. One business said they had fences built around the building to increase safety after a break in.
As far as moving forward, nothing is set in stone yet. The city anticipates opening the Safe Sleep Sites by fall this year. For more information, CLICK HERE.