As a community, Eugene has prioritized helping people who experience homelessness.
In response to the growing need for safe places for people who are experiencing homelessness to sleep, the Eugene City Council approved a rest stop pilot program in October 2013. The pilot program's sunset date has been extended four times, and its current sunset date is March 31, 2017.
Rest stops allow up to 20 people to sleep overnight in tents or Conestoga huts on certain sites individually approved by the City Council. Each site must be managed by a site provider that signs an agreement with the City to supervise the site. The site provider is responsible for:
Ensuring the site is supervised at all times;
Providing clean, portable restrooms and trash collection on site;
Keeping a roster of individuals who are allowed on the site; and
Ensuring all campers and visitors follow the site rules.
Currently, six rest stop sites operate in Eugene: one at Garfield and Roosevelt, two at Northwest Expressway and Chambers, one on the property of The Eugene Mission, and two at the Lane County Behavioral Health Center on Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. The first four of these sites are managed by Community Supported Shelters, while the latter two are managed by Nightingale Health Sanctuary.
The City of Eugene and Lane County continue to experience high numbers of homelessness and housing insecurity. Despite on-going and dedicated public and private support for homeless services in our community, the demand for emergency shelter continues to exceed supply.
Additional information about homelessness in Eugene and Lane County: