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Eugene Considers Revising Rest Stop Ordinance

Rachael McDonald

On Monday the Eugene City Council will consider changing an ordinance on overnight rest stops for the unhoused. The proposal would affect where the sites are located.

According city code, rest stops can’t be in a residential area or near schools. A proposed amendment would loosen these restrictions if the city determined any potential impact could be reduced or effectively addressed.

The Southeast Neighbors Association has a rest stop in their area. Association president Kate Davidson, said they support the change.

“The residents who use the rest stop they have good outcomes, people need a secure and safe place to sleep and this helps them access services and then get on their feet and that’s the goal right,” Davidson said.

Davidson adds the rest stop is well managed and could be a model for other neighborhoods. Property in Eugene is scarce she said, and if that means rest stops need to be closer to schools the city should consider it.

Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.
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