In response to the growing need for safe places for homeless individuals to sleep and the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19 in the community, the Eugene City Council approved the establishment of five new rest stop sites at its meeting on Sept. 30, 2020. Intended to be operational before the end of this year, the new Rest Stops will provide a safe space for 75 to 100 people and be located across five different wards:
Skinner City Farm (Washington St. and W. 1st, Ward 7)
Empire Pond (Hwy. 99 and Empire Park Dr., Ward 6)
Westmoreland Park (North side of 18th Ave., Ward 1)
Parking Lot 9 off Leo Harris Pkwy (Leo Harris Pkwy. and Walnut Dr., Ward 4)
In October 2013, in response to the growing need for safe places to sleep for people who are experiencing homelessness, the Eugene City Council approved a Rest Stop pilot program. Rest Stops allow up to 20 people, age 18 and older, to sleep overnight in tents or Conestoga huts on designated sites approved by the City Council. Each site must be managed by a site operator who signs an agreement with the City to supervise the site. In February 2017, in recognition of the program's success in providing safe and managed places for people to stabilize while they work toward housing, the City Council removed the sunset date from the program.