New homeowners consider moving out after transients move in

One woman said she and her husband are already thinking about selling their house just two weeks after they bought it because of the homeless situation.

Posted: Dec 2, 2019 7:07 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2019 10:20 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Katherine Parish and her husband bought a home in what they thought was a quiet neighborhood near Taylor Street and 13th Avenue, but the day after closing, a large homeless camp sprung up on a strip of concrete next to the Eugene Faith Center.

Instead of a welcome basket, they came home to human feces, vomit and signs of a break-in.

"They've thrown chew at our window. We had to scrape that off. It was really disgusting. It's just awful," said Parish. 

Representatives from the Eugene Faith Center wouldn't go on camera but said that they're going to have to apply for a permit for the sidewalk to get the transients removed because technically they're on the city's property.

One of the people living on the sidewalk said they were not responsible for the damage to the Parishes' house. 

"Rest assured, we're not taking and breaking their stuff. The people that are coming through here are not going and breaking and taking their stuff 'cause they know that they will get my wrath," said Eric Jackson, a homeless man who was part of a homeless protest camp in downtown Eugene.

Parish said that the camp near the Eugene Faith Center started out with just one tent, and in a little over a week, it's grown to 10. She said she and her husband are already thinking about selling the house just two weeks after they bought it because of the homeless situation.

"My husband and I have been talking about whether or not we should list the house again, even though we just purchased it 'cause we don't feel safe here," Parish said. 

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