EUGENE, Ore. — With the clock ticking on the illegal campsite known as Whoville at Broadway and Hilyard, those living there may have another option when the city closes the campsite.
The Eugene City Council approved a new rest-stop site near the Cuthbert Amphitheater and Science Factory. Those with disabilities would have priority to stay there when the camp opens.
The proposal is the same as the previous ones, allowing up to 15 people to camp at the approved location. Councilors say it’s not a perfect solution, but it provides another resource for the homeless population.
“What we’re trying to do is create those pilots and see if these kinds of things will work,” said Eugene City Councilor Alan Zelenka. “If they can work, we’ll try to replicate them on a bigger basis.”
Homeless advocates raised concerns during Monday’s meeting, saying the people of Whoville need to stay together. They say this new site wouldn’t allow all 30 people currently at Whoville to move to one site.
The city moved the deadline to close Whoville to April 15.