St. Vincents Will Handle Homeless

I will write this Christian organization and point out Nightingale was founded by radical anti-Capitalist Pagans. Taxpayers will spend another $150,000 dollars on the homeless. I own a right to question spending and budgets as a Newspaper. 

In December 2014 Whoville declared itself a political free speech protest. As a political animal, it should be prepared for much questioning and opposition. When I went to the Art Walk I encountered a many headed beast that put Emily Semple on the City Council. Was political funds used, or, funds for the homeless? Consider Trump’s charity. I demand an accounting!  Some folks have suggested I run for office. But, that is out of the question with Alley Valkyries slanderous and fake abuser report.

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The residents at the new location are more involved with the politics and issues at hand with the camping ban. People do not understand that this is a protest. The tent is a symbol of protest and freedom of speech,” Brandt said.

The closure of Trump’s nonprofit comes amid an escalation in the litany of criminal and other investigations touching almost every corner of Trump’s business and political operations, including his presidential campaign, his inauguration committee and his family real estate business.
The lawsuit against the charity is one of two cases in which the President himself is accused of wrongdoing after federal prosecutors said in court filings earlier this month that Trump directed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to make or orchestrate payments during the 2016 election to silence women who claimed sexual encounters with Trump. Trump has denied those claims.

EUGENE, Ore. – The growing temporary homeless camp on Highway 99 has faced issues, but now the people in it will have a better chance of finding housing.

The Eugene City Council voted to expand services at two properties owned by St. Vincent de Paul down the road.

In an almost unanimous decision by the city, dusk to dawn services were expanded with new spots north of the camp. The city says this will give homeless people better safety and cleaner options.

The city and county have given the reins to St. Vincent de Paul to organize and manage the new sites, leaving many scrambling to get ready.

An ever changing situation — the city and county have come up with a temporary solution to a continuing problem.

“We’re providing good options for overnight, but trying to provide better places for folks to be during the day,” said Jason Diedrick, the policy analyst for the City of Eugene.

The city says Camp 99 was always meant to be for 30 to 60 days, and that time is now up.

“We’re always looking for a more permanent solution, but there were also issues that were coming up in terms of the safety,” said Diedrick.

Many people at the camp have tried to cross a busy Highway 99 to use day services at St. Vincent de Paul’s Lindholm Center. Now, St. Vinnie’s has taken on an expanded role.

They’ll receive $150,000 from the city to expand their current Dusk to Dawn Camp by 80 spots and create a new Dawn to Dawn Camp in the area.

“We’ve never done a 24/7 tent city,” said Terry McDonald, the St. Vincent de Paul President. “This is entirely new for us.”

St. Vincent de Paul will have the next few weeks to get ready.

“We need flat surfaces, we need a program design, we need people hired that will run it 24/7 operation, so we have a lot of catching up to do,” said McDonald.

Roughly 200 people are expected to be housed between the two areas.

Though McDonald is unsure where each camp will be placed, both the existing tents and the Lindholm Service Center will be home for folks come January if they choose.

An unusual but urgent manner, McDonald will now have to figure out in the new year.

The city and St. Vincent de Paul are also looking at having a place for some people to camp in their own tents. This would let up to 25 people use their personal, smaller tents instead of large, walkable tents.

Whoville changes location

According to Kristen Brandt, a Whoville supporter and Occupy Eugene member, the homeless camp Whoville moved from their location on 6th Avenue on Saturday and established a new campsite on Shelton McMurtry blvd after ongoing pressure from the Eugene Police.

The camp’s inhabitants have renamed the camp back to its original name, SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) and will continue protesting the city’s ban on camping within city limits and human rights violations.

“There will be a city council meeting on Monday, December 8 which many advocates for unhoused people will be attending,” Brandt said.

Whoville was originally established about a year ago in the late summer between Broadway and Hilyard when the SLEEPS  organization demanded a safe place for homeless people to sleep.

“At the original site, we were able to keep a better eye on the ‘fragile’ residents. We have found that 15-30 people works a lot better than 40-50 people,” Brandt said.

Whoville was named an illegal campsite by the city on March 27, 2014 and was  removed by the police in April.

“Our plan has been to have them stay somewhere for a while, get a few citations and then move to a new spot and start all over again,” Brandt said.

Residents of Whoville participated in a rally to protest City Council’s reluctance to label the original Whoville location a legal campsite.

After a “No Camping” sign goes up, campers have 24 hours to leave the site.

“The residents at the new location are more involved with the politics and issues at hand with the camping ban. People do not understand that this is a protest. The tent is a symbol of protest and freedom of speech,” Brandt said.

The police say homelessness is not illegal, but camping in the city is.

“Homelessness isn’t exactly a police issue, but rather a community issue. There’s nothing illegal about being homeless,” Melinda McLaughlin, the Eugene Police spokeswoman, said.

Lynn Porter, a local homeless advocate says that the city of Eugene’s camping ban is the long-standing problem.

“The city’s camping ban essentially criminalizes homelessness since people have to sleep somewhere. Cops continually harass the homeless, making them move on, sometimes giving them tickets they can’t pay and arresting them if they stay put,” Porter said.

The city of Eugene did not return requests from the Emerald for comment.

Porter hopes that The Nightingale Health Sanctuary will serve as a shelter for 30 homeless individuals in the near future.

“This will be a double “rest stop” camp, allowed under a city ordinance. The county has offered the use of some of their land on MLK north of Autzen,” Porter said

Nightingale Health Sanctuary is planning to use the MLK location for the winter and then look for a more permanent home.

For now, the city will uphold its camping ban and activists alongside the members of Whoville continue to make the most out of the situation.

Besides Nightingale Health Sanctuary, the recently launched Lane County Poverty & Homelessness Board has a number of programs in place to shelter more people this winter, along with the Egan Warming Centers and St. Vincent de Paul’s car camping program.

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