Eugene considers homeless village, other help

EUGENE, Ore. — The city of Eugene is considering a village for homeless people on a city-owned site as well as other measures to accommodate growing numbers of people seeking shelter this winter.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that City Council members indicated Tuesday they’re willing to provide money to prevent people from becoming homeless, increase vehicle and tent camping spaces, and find storage for the belongings of homeless people.

City Manager Jon Ruiz says those three ideas combined could cost about $100,000 annually. He says the staff will come up with refined estimates.

The city’s largest homeless shelter, the Eugene Mission, is adding beds but can’t keep up with the growing homeless population. A warming center that holds 200 on the coldest nights may attract up to 300 people this winter.

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