'Rest stops' get support: 'We really think the city has listened'

'Rest stops' get support: 'We really think the city has listened'

EUGENE, Ore. - Small groups of people without homes will be able to camp at designated "rest stops" on city property under a plan taking shape in response to protest camps around the city.

The City Council voted 6-2 to move forward on revising Eugene's ban on residential camping. An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the vote as unanimous.

The proposal taking shape puts city-owned property to work in a series of rest stops, where people could legally camp for short periods of time.

The specifics of how to implement the plan are still taking shape. Last week, city staff recommended sites for the rest stops.

How many rest stops - and where - remains to be decided.

Mayor Kitty Piercy said Monday afternoon she would like to see private and nonprofit partners get involved so the city does bear the entire cost.

But the idea of a legal place to camp was welcomed by protesters who have pitched camp around the city with signs asking to "Legalize Sleep."

"We really think the city has listened," said Tin Man, one of the SLEEPS camp organizers. "Now, is everything perfect? Of course not! Nothing can ever be perfect. But I think we're going in the right direction."

As for the nine SLEEPS camps around the city - the protesters call them Whovilles - campers said they'll continue to move when asked - and re-open new camps.

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