Homeless population surges in Eugene, officials say

City officials blame it on a decision to not enforce camping bans during the pandemic.

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 7:24 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2020 10:30 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – As Eugene struggles with COVID-19, there has also been a surge in the number of homeless people over the past three months.

City officials blame it on a decision to not enforce camping bans during the pandemic.

A spokesperson for parks and recreation said homeless people have been coming into the city from all parts of the Pacific Northwest and other parts of the country.

No camping signs went up at Washington Jefferson Park on Tuesday. Officials said campers have 24 hours to clear out.

Westmoreland Park is also being heavily impacted, as are the city’s waterways.

The city began enforcing the camping ban again in mid-June.

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