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Homeless Doubt Trespass Tickets Will Fix Problems In Eugene

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene City Council will decide Monday on a proposed ordinance revision to give property owners the ability to remove people for trespassing on the planting spaces between the curb and the sidewalk.

A small homeless tent camp on 5th street in downtown Eugene is located in one of these “right-of-way” areas. It is unclear whether a decision to revise the city ordinance will affect how police will enforce trespass laws when dealing with the homeless.

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Part of the stuff (for donation) parked on the curbside tent camp along 5th Street in Eugene.

Eric Jackson has been unhoused in Eugene for a year and a half.  

“They’re kidding themselves if they think $150 ticket, I have 30 of them--that turns in to a collection action of $284.41-- is not problematic for a homeless person when you’re trying to see how you can get people housed.”

KLCC will continue to follow the council’s decision on amending the city code.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked in a variety of media including television, technical writing, photography and daily print news before moving to the Pacific Northwest.
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