New homeless camp pops up under Ferry Street Bridge

he bridge was damaged in April near Country Club road from the fire and explosion.

Posted: May 7, 2021 3:16 AM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Nearly a month after a fire at a homeless camp in Eugene turned into a violent explosion, a new camp popped up under the same bridge.

The camp is now along Hilyard Street under the Ferry Street bridge. The bridge was damaged in April near Country Club road from the fire and explosion. At that spot, an orange fence is still up to keep people from setting up tents again. However, the new camp on Hilyard Street is causing some concern. Jamie Vooheers is the General Manager for Good Times Bar and she said it's impacting her business. Vooheers said customers don't want to park near the camp, campers panhandle customers sitting outside, and a tip jar was stolen from the bar. 

"They use to be all along the whole front and people wouldn't come in for weeks until they moved them," Vooheers said. "I mean people don't like it but I think sadly they're just used to it."

Vooheers understands solving the homeless crisis is a complicated issue but she wants the city to continue to address the problem. According to CDC guidelines, they advise homeless camps be kept where they are in order to prevent the risk of COVID-19 spreading. 

KEZI did reach out to the city for comment but haven't heard back. 

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