James Chastain’s tent sat by Ferry Street Bridge for a week. He pitched camp and others followed — three, then five, then 20. “It became a neighborhood,” he says. Homeless advocates say a neighborhood — or at least a safe place for the many homeless people in Lane County to sleep — is still needed.
On Aug. 15, the Eugene Police Department cited Chastain, an activist with SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep), for “prohibited camping.”
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