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White Bird Will Provide Clinic At Camp99 In Eugene

Chris Hecht
White Bird

Late last week, Lane County agreed to fund a clinic at a camp for homeless people on Highway 99 in Eugene. The non-profit organization White Bird will provide an array of services.

  There are about 85 people living in tents at Camp 99. An additional 20 or so are living in their vehicles on the county-owned gravel lot. It was set up after the county cleared campers from downtown in early November. Chris Hecht is with White Bird Clinic. 
“Folks, when they’re kind of at their wit’s end, for some people that doesn’t bring out their best and so there’s been some antisocial behavior that really kind of piles on to the misery of living outside in Eugene in November and December.”

Hecht says the clinic provides medical care, mental health and substance abuse counselling, and other services. Hecht says the clinic will run through January 7th. The plan is to move residents to other sanctioned rest stops and dusk to dawn locations in Eugene. 

The clinic operates Monday - Friday from 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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