In response to the growing need for safe places for homeless individuals to sleep and the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19 in the community, the Eugene City Council approved the establishment of five new rest stop sites at its meeting on Wednesday, September 30. Intended to be operational before the end of this year, the new Rest Stops will provide a safe space for 75 to 100 people.

Westmoreland Park (between 18th and 16th) as selected as a site, with Community Supported Shelters as the operator. CSS opened its first Rest Stop in 2015. Everyone staying at a managed temporary shelter has been vetted and is enrolled in program to help them get stabilized and into permanent housing.

However, a site survey found hydric soil, basically the ground is saturated enough it qualifies as a wetland. This would preclude siting a Rest Stop. However, the city is examining other areas in that zone.

Check of the CSS Facebook video pages for testimonials from residents as well as nearby landowners and neighbors.

Come to the November 10 JWN General Zoom Meeting for more information.

Rest Stop Facts

EPD Report on Proximate impacts of a Rest Stop.