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Homeless Must Prepare To Move From Camp 99 in Eugene

A homeless encampment on Highway 99 in Eugene is expected to be dismantled starting Monday. About 90 campers have been notified they may relocate to another camp four blocks away. 

Crews place dozens of mattresses inside 10 military wall tents in preparation for an influx of campers. The Dusk to Dawn camp managed by Saint Vincent de Paul will change to a 24-hour a day site next Tuesday.
Pete Kerns is with St. Vinnie’s. He says initially, there will be additional staff on site to mitigate any problems.
“We’re going to double the size of this facility. That's just a lot of people to have in a small space. I’m confident that we have a good program and it’s got the right leadership but we’ve never put this many people together like this.”

Credit Tiffany Eckert
There are about 90 people at Camp 99. But they're being asked to move Monday.

To accommodate more people, they’ve added tent spaces and Quonset huts for those with pets.

Staff say anyone interested in staying here must sign up at the Lindholm Center to receive a bed number and storage space.

As of Thursday, only about 20 of the homeless at Camp 99 had signed up for a bed at the St. Vinnie site.  

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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