Creating More Safe Places to Sleep

Rendering of proposed safe sleeping tent site

The Eugene City Council on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 approved an ordinance to create more safe and lawful places for people to sleep. The ordinance allows for the temporary establishment of “safe parking” and “safe tent” sites that could provide options for individuals to legally park their vehicles or sleep in tents. These sites will accommodate a larger number of vehicles or tents than previously allowed by code, up to 60 vehicles or up to 40 tents. The sites will be managed by social service providers who will be responsible for compliance with rules and community agreements, monitoring who is allowed to be on-site, coordinating ongoing site infrastructure needs, being accessible and responsive to neighbor concerns, and coordinating with the City and other partners.

The ordinance would remain in effect until May 1, 2023, unless extended.

Safe Sleep (Parking) Site Sign Up

To sign up for a parking spot at the at 310 Garfield Safe Sleep site, complete the Safe Sleep Waiting List form.

  1. WJ Park & 13th Avenue
  2. Safe Sleeping Site Background

Updated 1/26/2022

Washington Jefferson Park

102 gridded camp spaces remain. Site monitors have addressed around 10 new, unapproved campsites per day, but was able to refer many of those people to St. Vincent de Pauls’ Dawn to Dawn site. City staff and partners will begin planning for the eventual transition of occupants to the Safe Sleep site at 410 Garfield St. once it opens. 

Note: Removal of campers may be suspended when freezing weather is forecasted.

13th Avenue

Site closed January 18. 46 occupied, recognized and pre-existing camp spaces remained at the start of the transition period January 10. The spaces were occupied by 56 individuals who were known to be regular occupants of the site. 

All the known, recognized occupants were offered a space in the St. Vincent de Paul hoop building (37 spaces, pictured right) or Dawn to Dawn beds (unlimited, to accommodate all known occupants not using the hoop building) at the Highway 99 site. The hoop building was filled to capacity, and the City and SVdP not only offered the Dawn to Dawn beds to the other occupants, but worked on a variety of alternatives. Details on how those people transitioned from the temporary camp: 

Of the 56 people, 37 accepted hoop building tents; 12 went to other shelter programs or other temporary alternatives; two accepted Dawn to Dawn beds; four refused the SVdP opportunities and left on their own; one person became ineligible for relocation after being arrested on domestic violence charges.  

No enforcement was required during the transition of occupants and closure of the site. St. Vincent de Paul staff and City staff worked collaboratively to inform and work with occupants, help with packing and sorting, and provide transportation off-site. The relationship that had been built between site monitors and occupants was crucial in helping the service provider, and developing helpful outcomes for occupants. 

Since the 13th Avenue site is now secured and posted as closed to the public, police can act immediately on any trespassing (no issues have occurred yet at the closed site). Police, Parking Services and Public Works continue to monitor areas near the closed temporary camp for unsanctioned camping, and also stand ready to respond to reports in the neighborhood. Parking Services Neighborhood Services Officers patrol through west Eugene daily, and proactively engage with vehicle campers on the streets about City rules and expectations.  

Interested parties in the local community, including media and the Eugene School District and Caesar Chavez Elementary School, were given information about the transition and site closure.  

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Council Approves Three New Safe Sleep Sites

At its meeting September 29, the Eugene City Council approved three additional Safe Sleep sites, bringing the total to five.

Once established, local social service providers will manage the sites and provide a place for people experiencing homelessness to legally locate vehicles or tents or small structures for sleeping overnight.

The three newly approved sites could eventually host up to 150 spaces for people experiencing homelessness.

  • 2243 Roosevelt Blvd.: Local non-profit SquareOne Villages owns this 3.3-acre property and currently operates a microsite at this location. The Safe Sleep site designation allows the site to include as many as 40 spaces, however the initial expansion is expected to be around 30 spaces.
  • 410 Garfield St.: This 2.8-acre property is privately owned and would be leased by the CIty. It features a 27,300 square-foot building that could accommodate approximately 90 tent spaces. The City is in conversation with St. Vincent de Paul to serve as the operator.
  • Dani Street: This 3.5-acre site is owned by Rexius and located east of Wallis Street, at the north end of Dani Street. The site can initially host up to 30 spaces, serving a mix of vehicles and small shelters. Local non-profit EveryOne Village, associated with Everyone Church, would operate the site.

City staff will perform additional community engagement around each of the locations, including sharing information with neighbors and stakeholders on the management plan, steps being taken to address concerns heard from the community, and contact information for the site.

At its July 21 meeting, the Eugene City Council approved the first two Safe Sleep sites:

  • 2nd and Garfield: This property, owned by Lane Transit District (LTD) and located at 310 Garfield Avenue, is approximately five acres. LTD is leasing the property to the City at no cost for the first two years of the lease. There is space for approximately 55 vehicles. This site is expected
  • to open the week of October 4. St. Vincent de Paul will serve as the operator of the Safe Sleep site.
  • Chase Commons Park: This City-owned property is approximately four acres and may accommodate up to 20 Conestoga huts. City staff are working to identify a social service provider to operate this Safe Sleep site, and also plan to work more with neighbors to address questions or concerns.

The City’s Planning and Development Department and Public Works departments will continue to evaluate potential Safe Sleep sites and return to City Council for approval as quickly as possible.

The goal of Safe Sleep sites is to provide safe, legal places for people experiencing homelessness to sleep and connect to services as well as reduce the impacts of unsanctioned camping across the city. Staff have reviewed more than 300 locations and closely analyzed dozens of potential sites.

On April 28, the City Council approved an ordinance that allows Safe Sleep sites to accommodate more tents or vehicles than previously allowed by City Code, in groups of up to 60 vehicles and 40 tents each, per site.

People staying at the two large temporary camps at 13th Avenue and Washington Jefferson Park will be prioritized to move into established Safe Sleep sites that accommodate tents or small structures. People living in vehicles in west Eugene will have the opportunity to move into the safe parking sites.

Through the City’s partnership with Lane County a number of other actions are also underway, including coordinated outreach efforts to people experiencing homelessness, adding permanent supportive housing units, and expanding rapid rehousing programs. These efforts, when implemented together, are intended to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. More information about the City’s response to homelessness is available online.