Nightingale Health Sanctuary: Project Description

NHS will establish a self-governed, village-style, accessible community that will focus on health and wellness. Our goal is to provide a safe place for people who are unsheltered, and to be both accessible and inclusive. In community, residents will support and assist each other to the best of their abilities, with the support of the larger community.

When the project is complete there will be 30 units for residents, an on-site health clinic two days a week, an overnight guest program hosting the neighborhood’s unhoused providing a supervised group sleeping area and breakfast as well as a resource connection time in the morning. Activities to support health and wellness will be offered. In partnership with the neighborhood, NHS seeks to create a Neighborhood Rapid Response Team, which will assist with issues arising from homelessness in the neighborhood.

Once a sanctuary is established NHS intends to offer the larger unhoused community:

  • a health clinic operating at least twice a week;
  • a guest program offering people in the neighborhood who are unhoused a safe place to sleep; and
  • a resource and information center assisting people to connect with community resources.
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Eugene City Council Unanimously Moves to Modify Camping Laws

This afternoon, the Eugene City Council moved unanimously to propose a temporary ordinance allowing homeless camping on vacant city property that is not developed parkland for a trial period of four months. The ordinance has yet to be crafted, and will be subject to a public hearing, but this move by the City Council today is the most progressive step that the City of Eugene has taken regarding the camping laws since they were first enacted in 1983.

This move comes after nearly two years’ work on the part of homeless activists in Eugene, who have been consistently arguing in favor of changing the camping laws at nearly every Council meeting since the fall of 2011. The camping ordinances have been the subject of controversy since they were enacted, and numerous groups of activists have attempted to persuade Council to change the laws since the mid 1980’s.

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Eight Arrested for Sleeping in Eugene, Fined $100 Each

On the night of April 4th, fourteen people were camped in a group on public property underneath an overpass near the Ferry Street Bridge. Police woke them up around 1:15 am on April 5th and arrested eight people, four men and four women ranging in age from 18 to 37 years old. Six others were not arrested and deliberately left behind to “clean up the mess” and take care of the dogs that belonged to those who were arrested. Those who were left behind were told by another officer that they would be arrested the following night if they remained at the location.

The eight who were arrested were originally cited for criminal trespass, a misdemeanor and a jailable offense, and they were all held in the Lane County Jail overnight. Early the next morning, the city prosecutor decided to drop the criminal trespass charges and instead charge them with prohibited camping, which is a violation and not an arrestable offense.… Read the rest