Homelessness
7:15 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Whoville Residents And Advocates Ask City For More Time

Advocates for the Eugene homeless encampment known as Whoville are pushing for an extension of a deadline to close down the camp.  They expect the City will begin the process of evicting residents Tuesday.

Whoville before the City of Eugene erected surrounding fences.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene is slated to have Whoville completely cleared by a City Council-imposed April 15th deadline.  Advocate Jennifer Frenzer says the camp needs more time.  The closure is coinciding with efforts to move 15 of the most vulnerable camp residents to a new “rest stop” site near Autzen Stadium.  The main problem is that organizers don’t yet know exactly where that site will be.

Frenzer:  “So we haven’t been able to set up and prepare the spot.  And get the pallets in. So the process is a little bit slowed down.  That’s why we’re hoping we can have a reprieve.  You know people are asking for bags and boxes to move their things, but we need to know where to move them to.”

On Monday, a group went to city offices seeking a meeting with City Manager John Ruiz.  Frenzer says he was not there, but staff promised to forward on their request.