A 6-2 vote clears the way for camping on parcels at Roosevelt Boulevard and at Chambers Street
Edward Russo of the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, Oregon, reported that this city's first volunteer-run homeless camps could be located within a few blocks of each other in west Eugene, the City Council decided Monday night.
Councilors on a 6-2 vote approved allowing two homeless camps of up to 15 people apiece on city-owned parcels in the Trainsong neighborhood. One could be near Roosevelt Boule vard and Garfield Street; the other camp could be less than a half-mile away at Chambers Street and Northwest Expressway.
With the council’s action, city officials are to work with volunteer groups who have said they want to run the camps on a trial basis at little or no cost to the city.
Councilor Claire Syrett, who represents the area, said the Trainsong and Whiteaker neighborhoods have “felt a disproportionate impact” from homelessness for many years.
“I have heard from residents in my ward that they want some of these services located in other parts of the city,” she said.
But while not perfect, Syrett said, the camps would start to provide a legal place for homeless people to sleep on public land.
“We need to keep our eye on what we are trying to accomplish,” she said.