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Eugene Veterans' Rest Stop Will Move

Community Supported Shelters

A rest-stop for homeless veterans is moving from its current home along Northwest Expressway to the Mission. The Eugene City Council voted 5 to zero Wednesday in favor of the move.

Credit Community Supported Shelters

The Veterans' Safe Spot provides a temporary site for homeless people to stay. It's now on a grassy lot between Northwest Expressway and the railroad tracks. Michael Kinnison, program manager for the city's Office of Human Rights & Neighborhood Involvement told councilors the Mission location will be more accessible and flat.

Kinneson: "It's a healthier environment. It's more separated from the highway and the railroad. It'll be improved shelter because it will all be Conestoga Huts, it won't be tents or any other sheltering like that and then it will provide access to the other resources that the mission has."

The site is managed by the non-profit Community Supported Shelters. The move will take place next month. There are now 5 rest-stops in Eugene.   The city ordinance that allows the camps expires October 1st. The council will discuss continuing them at a public hearing on June 22nd.


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Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.