The Eugene City Council on Wednesday, April 28, approved an ordinance to create more safe and lawful places for people to sleep. The ordinance allows for the temporary establishment of “safe parking” and “safe tent” sites that could provide options for individuals to legally park their vehicles or sleep in tents. These sites will accommodate a larger number of vehicles or tents than previously allowed by code.
By creating the additional sites, those individuals currently camping in Washington Jefferson Park at 13th and Chambers, and in vehicles in West Eugene, will be prioritized to occupy legal spaces to sleep that are managed and have services to ensure health and safety.
The ordinance would allow the sites to be immediately established and would remain in effect until May 1, 2023, unless extended.
City staff have been working with Lane County and private property owners to identify places to establish the new temporary safe locations. The original plan was shared during an April 12 City Council Work Session. City staff have been meeting with social service providers to understand provider capacity to support new sanctioned sites.
The ordinance is part of an overarching strategy to address the impacts of unsheltered homelessness. There will be a public hearing on code amendments for on street parking regulations.