Eugene, agency agree to homeless 'rest stop'

Published On: Nov 29 2013 11:34:36 AM PST
EUGENE, Ore. -

The city of Eugene has signed an agreement with a nonprofit agency to establish the first "rest stop" for homeless people on city-owned property.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports it would allow up to 15 people to sleep overnight in tents. They would not be required to leave during the day.

It's in a largely industrial area near the Union Pacific rail yard.

If the experiment succeeds, a second site could be set up this winter.

The sites would be operational only through March.

The city says the agreement requires full-time supervision; clean, portable restrooms and trash collection; a roster of individuals allowed on the site; and a ban on alcohol and illegal drugs.