Friday, December 23, 2011
Eugene opened two emergency shelters to accommodate homeless people who had been sleeping at Occupy Eugene or elsewhere in the area.
Terry McDonald, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul, said the shelter inside the Wheeler Pavilion will be open again tonight, and possibly through the end of the year. Downtown’s First Christian Church also has volunteered to house homeless people at night, he said. The pavilion and church together can accommodate about 150 people, McDonald said.
News of the temporary shelters’ opening was one of a number of developments Thursday that made it clear that Occupy Eugene’s time at Washington-Jefferson Park is about to end.
While a number of local social service agencies offered help to campers — at the city’s request — Eugene police made progress with their plan to completely shut down the Washington-Jefferson Park site sometime in the next few days.
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