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Eugene council OKs homeless camp at former City Hall lot

Eugene city councilors formally approved Monday night opening a portion of the vacant City Hall block to serve as a temporary homeless camp, although many details still need to be worked out.
Hey Portland:

 https://www.registerguard.com/news/20181023/eugene-council-oks-homeless-camp-at-former-city-hall-lot

The camp will initially provide shelter for 38 people and will be low barrier, meaning homeless people who are drunk or high won't be turned away so long as they aren't disruptive. No alcohol or drug use will be allowed at the camp.

The city is proposing to site the camp, to be fenced from view, at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Pearl Street, although it could move to the block's northeast corner.

The city is in talks to contract with a social service provider to run the camp, likely St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, but nothing has been finalized. The city has no intention of running the camp, City Manager Jon Ruiz said.

The vote was 7-1. Councilor Mike Clark voted no, saying it's a bad location and he has concerns about the city's liability.

With cold weather fast approaching, the majority of city councilors said they supported the camp as a stopgap measure as they continue to explore constructing [...] [more]  https://www.registerguard.com/news/20181023/eugene-council-oks-homeless-camp-at-former-city-hall-lot

Everett Embarrassment 29.Oct.2018 15:47

rAT

Ever check out the live webcam entitled "Everett Homeless Encampment" on You Tube? Everett, Washington allows the homeless to sleep on a sidewalk with a curb as their pillow. Any tents or tarps are eventually removed by the cops. The weather usually stinks. Seriously disabled people are eating out the nearest garbage can while a chat room on the site brims with nasty comments. I hope Eugene can do better than Everett when it comes to "helping" people.