Homeless Doubt Trespass Tickets Will Fix Problems In Eugene

Jun 22, 2019

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.

Eric Jackson has accumulated over 30 tickets for trespass and unlawful camping. He says some fines have been dropped but others are "under litigation."
Credit Tiffany Eckert

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.

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

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.