Reserved for recognized occupants of Washington Jefferson Park
The City of Eugene’s newest Safe Sleep site at 410 Garfield Street will open Tuesday, February 22. The indoor facility will provide 86 safe, heated spaces with a variety of features to support health and stability.
Staff from site operator St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County (SVdP) and City of Eugene staff will meet in person with occupants at the temporary camp at Washington Jefferson Park beginning Tuesday, February 22 to share information about the new site and offer these healthier, safer spaces to City-recognized, long-term occupants of the temporary camp.
The City will provide transportation and moving assistance to 410 Garfield St. to those who request it. Any occupants who wish to move to 410 Garfield St. may start on February 22. City and SVdP personnel will be available at the park to sign people up, and to answer questions for those considering the option.
Printed information about the Safe Sleep site and the future of Washington Jefferson Park will be given to all the recognized temporary camp occupants, starting this week.
Following the opportunity for occupants to move, the City will close the park beginning March 16, 2022. The park will be fenced for restoration, and in the future, reopened for normal park use. All existing occupants will need to have moved to 410 Garfield St. or another location by that time.
The creation of the Safe Sleep site and prioritizing the relocation of Washington Jefferson temporary camp occupants was a key goal of a Eugene City Council ordinance passed in April 2021. The ordinance addressed creating additional legal options for unhoused people living in locations not intended for that purpose and resulting in unsanitary and unsafe conditions for those camping and for the surrounding community.
Understanding that SVdP is not able to accommodate pets at the 410 Garfield St. site, City staff have been working on alternatives for pet owners. At the request of City staff, the Everyone Village Safe Sleep site has developed a plan to take those people and their pets. City staff facilitated outreach by Everyone Village to connect with the pet owners and then begin the process to create appropriate dwellings at Everyone Village and move those people and their pets. The City has worked with Everyone Village and provided materials and tents for the new dwellings. City staff who work at Washington Jefferson Park have gotten to know the occupants, and have carefully noted which recognized, long-time occupants have had pets, and all of those people have been offered space at Everyone Village.
City staff will also work with local youth shelter programs to be able to offer safer spaces to any minors who have been staying at the temporary camp.
Safe Sleep site: 410 Garfield St.
- 86 total camp spaces, inside a heated building
- Each camp space is provided a mat, tent (8'x8'x8' canopy-style), sleeping pad and bag, two 38-gallon storage containers for personal items, one 18-gallon container for perishables, a radiator-style electric heater, chair and side table
- Restrooms, access to water, garbage service
- One meal provided on-site daily
- Shower trailer on-site
- Laundry vouchers
- Indoor and outdoor gathering areas
- On-site access to medical and social services
- Close to public transportation
- Bike racks available
With the opening of 410 Garfield St., the City will have three operating Safe Sleep sites, including adjacent 310 Garfield St. (for vehicles) and Everyone Village at Dani Street accommodating a mix of small shelters and vehicles. The three locations provide safe, legal shelter for nearly 200 people experiencing homelessness. A fourth site, Rosa Safe Sleep site at 2243 Roosevelt Blvd., will add shelter for upwards of 20 more people later this year.