NPAC Now Supports Two Protest Camps

As we head into 2016, NPAC is proud to be helping to support two protest camps through another winter. We are helping to provide bathrooms and sanitation for two unsanctioned rest stops: The OURS camp and the Ninth Ward.
The beginning of what is now the OURS camp started over a year ago. The first year was difficult with the camp moving over 30 times. It took many moths to build infrastructure and community with the help of committed second-level supporters. OURS is the longest running self-governed unsanctioned camp in Eugene.
The Ninth Ward is still in early childhood in comparison, but proves that this model can be replicated. Building another camp from the ground up takes time; community and trust don’t happen in a week or a month. The Ninth Ward is currently hitting its stride and has become another example of people learning how to live together and be treated with respect.
We have the courage of our convictions and the moral imperative to help provide shelter, safety and sanitation to all who need it. We are demonstrating that there are other strategies for helping people who are homeless than what is currently provided by SVDP, the Mission, CSS and NHS. No one model fits the needs of all the unhoused and none of the current options are inclusive of the people whose lives are at stake in the planning and administration of the resources that exist.
We recognize the strengths and talents in people who are treated as broken. We are proving that, with little investment, people can use their personal resources collectively to create shelter and a supportive community.

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