City Council extends Eugene camping 'rest stops' to October

EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene City Council voted unanimously to extend the sunset date on the temporary camping sites known as "rest stops."

The Council voted last fall to allow temporary camping sites to be open until March 31.

The vote Monday extends the camps until October 1.

Councilors said they voted to extend the end dates to better understand if the camps work.

Councilor George Poling voted for the extension but was critical of the concept.

The best thing the "City of Eugene can do for the homeless people is help them transition into a more permanent situation, more permanent housing, and not to warehouse them in to rest stops and illegal campgrounds," Poling said.

The City Countil has agreed to not enforce the camping ban and "no trespassing" laws at the homeless site known as "Whoville" until more rest stop camps are established.

The city has one operational rest stop at Garfield and Roosevelt in west Eugene.

A second site at NW Expressway and Chambers has not yet opened. The city is looking for someone to operate the site.

City Manager Jon Ruiz is expected to name a third site on Wednesday.