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Homeless Issues
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Whoville Won't Have To Move After 30-day Reprieve Is Over

Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett.
Credit City of Eugene.

The Eugene City Council plans to extend its sunset date for a program that allows homeless people to camp in designated 'rest-stops'. This means Whoville residents have more time at their camp near downtown.

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City Club of Eugene
6:20 am
Sat February 22, 2014

The Beating Heart Of The City: What To Do About Kesey Square

Recorded on: January 17, 2014

Air Date: January 20, 2014

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Homeless Issues
9:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Eugene Considers Expanding Homeless Rest-Stops, Restricting Fireworks

Eugene Police have put up a fence around Whoville with openings to enter and exit.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Eugene City Councilors Monday proposed extending the sunset date on the rest-stop ordinance until October 31, 2014. This will require a public hearing.

Councilor Claire Syrett says she'd like the city to add a third rest-stop for homeless people at 8th and Mill or another location near downtown. Residents of Whoville, a homeless camp at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene have been told they'll have to leave that site. Last Friday, police erected a fence with openings around the lot. Michael Adams was among those who testified to council.

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Homelessness
8:08 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Whoville Residents Have Mixed Feelings About Fence

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Residents of the Eugene homeless camp referred to as Whoville have mixed feelings about a new chain link fence. The Eugene Police Department set up the barrier Friday and left two openings for people to pass through. Some, like Whoville resident Marty, say they feel safer with the fence up.

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Homelessness
7:01 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Fence Goes Up; Eugene Mayor Declines To Legalize Whoville

Whoville camp in downtown Eugene.
Credit KLCC Staff

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will not use her executive powers to declare the Whoville homeless camp legal.  

Advocates had been asking the mayor to declare an emergency in order to legalize the encampment at West Broadway and Hilyard in Eugene. Instead, Piercy said in a statement issued late Friday, she will ask the Eugene City Council on Monday to extend the pilot “rest stop” program, clearing the path for a second site.  

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Homeless Issues
1:21 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Homeless Advocates Call On Mayor To Declare Housing Emergency

Homeless advocates say the city is wrong to close Whoville.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Homeless advocates are calling on Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy to use her executive power to declare a housing emergency so a homeless camp can remain. The group held a press conference Thursday at Whoville.

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Homeless Issues
2:22 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

City Posts No Trespassing Signs At Eugene Whoville Camp

Eugene Police Sergeant Larry Crompton Friday at the Whoville camp.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene Friday posted "no trespassing" signs at a homeless camp near downtown that calls itself Whoville. The community of around 30 people has been living in tents at Hilyard and Broadway since September.

Eugene Police Sergeant Larry Crompton came to the camp to talk with residents and explain what's going on:

Crompton: "The signs that are up right now say 'prohibited camping' and those will be changed to 'no trespassing'. And there will come a time in the near future when there will be notice that  the people here will have to leave."

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Homeless Issues
8:55 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Advocates Urge Eugene Leaders To Allow Whoville To Stay

Several dozen homeless advocates spoke at Monday's Eugene City Council Meeting urging councilors to allow Whoville residents to remain at their camp near downtown. The camp is made up of about 50 homeless people in tents, who've been at Hilyard and West Broadway for a couple of months. There's fear the camp will be closed once the city opens it's pilot "rest stop" later this month at another location. Laura O'Hannion was among the speakers who asked that Whoville remain open.

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Homeless Issues
12:07 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Egan Warming Center Activates For Cold Nights

Credit Egan Warming Center

Eugene's Egan Warming Center will open Tuesday night. With temperatures forecast to drop into the teens, the agency is bracing for a long activation. But there's concern it might not be able to accommodate everyone.

Egan Warming Center is a network of churches that open their doors to homeless people on cold winter nights. St. Vincent de Paul operates the center. Executive Director Terry McDonald says they're looking for additional places-- especially at the end of the week.

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Homeless Students
7:47 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Keeping a Routine: Homeless Kids Go to School

Jennifer Brown and her four children (one of the twin boys is hiding) at First Place Family Center in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Last year, more than 18 thousand Oregon students were homeless at some time during the school year.
The State Department of Education released its annual homeless count of K-12 students last week. KLCC's Rachael McDonald met with a woman who's homeless and has 4 kids in school.

Brown: "Hi guys, welcome home…"

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