SLEEPS wants land: 'It'll cost you zero' Mayor: 'Land costs something'
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EUGENE, Ore. - What do the SLEEPS protesters want?
"If the City of Eugene goes along with what we're proposing, it'll cost you zero," camp organzier Tin Man said. "It is all being done through private donations, private funding. We pass the hat every day at these things."
Mayor Kitty Piercy responded Wednesday when asked about Tin Man's requests.
"If the city is asked to provide land, well, land costs something," she said. "Nothing is without cost. That land costs something. That's land that the public has invested in."
Tin Man said Tuesday night that SLEEPS protesters want a 6-month trial period with 4 sanctioned camps like the Whoville camps.
"But also in that 6-month period, we need a moratorium on all camping tickets in Eugene," he said.
Camping in public is against the law in Eugene.
Long term, Tin Man said the protesters want a space on public land big enough for all the unhoused to camp.
The mayor was skeptical that it could be done at little or no cost.
"That's got to come from somewhere," Piercy said. "Nothing is free."
On Monday night, just a block from the camps, the City Council held a public meeting to hear from campers and the community. No action items were on the agenda, so no decisions were made.
"What the City of Eugene is doing right now isn't working," Tin Man said.
"We're just grown people that are trying to get to the next step of our life, and we know what we need to do," Tin Man said. "We need to do it for ourselves, and we also need to do it for the neighbors and the community to show them that we're just like they are."
He said the three camps downtown have not received eviction notices yet - and vowed to double the number of camps if the existing camps are closed.