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Deadline To Vacate Extended For Camp 99 Homeless, Volunteers Help

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Tiffany Eckert
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The deadline for people to move out of the temporary homeless camp on Highway 99 has been extended to Wednesday at dusk.

Some Lane County officials and community volunteers are showing up at the gravel lot to help campers move their belongings-- either to the Saint Vincent de Paul site down the street-- or somewhere else.

Cliff Gray lives on the other side of the tracks from Camp 99. He considers himself a neighbor so he’s here Monday to give a hand however he can.

“We’re helping people pack up for their move over to the new station, those that are going there. And providing for any bags, coffee, anything that they need. Making it as easy as possible.”

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Cliff Gray lives near Camp 99 and came to help his "neighbors" pack up.

Gray is a rent control advocate. He says skyrocketing rent in Eugene is causing homelessness.

“One more increase and they come to camps like this.”

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Steve Boggs has a dislocated shoulder after a hit and run accident. He lives in a tent at Camp 99 and currently has no plans for where he will go next.

Thirty-two year old Steve Boggs hails from Oklahoma. He currently lives out of a tent at Camp 99. At this point, Boggs has no plans to sign up for a bed at St. Vincent de Paul’s nearby tent camp.

“I’m not too interested in being locked in a gate. Ya know, all of us are free because our forefathers fought for that.”

Boggs’ arm is in a sling and his dislocated shoulder pokes up through his shirt. He says he was in a hit and run on Bertelson Street Saturday night. He’s going to take the next two days to recuperate and make some decisions.

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A woman sorts through her belongings outside her tent at Camp 99. She and other campers must be gone by Wednesday.

“I’m gonna come up. I’m gonna rise above this. It’s just some adversities just something to work through.”

Homeless campers have until Wednesday night to clear out of Camp 99.

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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