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Property owner fed up with homeless in Eugene

The property owner said she feels unsafe and questions whether local officials care at all.

Posted: Nov 13, 2018 7:06 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 6:46 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The homeless camps popping up in Eugene continue to be a big issue for a lot of people in our community, and now one Eugene property owner claims a homeless camp near her property is the reason why she can't sell it.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Roxy Rich who used to own the business Appliance Empire. She said since her business closed last year, they've been unable to sell the property.

Rich said it's been on the market since January. But it has been getting no interest because of what she said is a homeless crisis in the area.

RELATED: Homeless camp on Chambers Street cleared out in Eugene

She claims the private property located next door to her property is frequently loaded with garbage and people consuming alcohol as well as dealing drugs.

Rich said she feels unsafe and questions whether local officials care at all.

"People can't walk down a street anymore without worrying about what they're going to encounter, parked on a public street, this is not acceptable anymore," Rich said.

Rich said she's reached out to the owner of the property next door and the city but has not heard back.

A spokesperson with Public Works said they do not go on private property but said they do take action if people are blocking the public right of way, which is the sidewalk.

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