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Eugene City Council approves program to allow homeless people to sleep places overnight


EUGENE, Oregon — The Eugene City Council has approved a pilot program that allows homeless people to sleep overnight at approved sites.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/zk1Mn9 ) that the ordinance took effect Monday night after council approval since it contained an emergency clause. The council still needs to approve a site, which officials say they hope to do before they recess for their annual winter break on Dec. 17.

The city, another public agency, a church or a nonprofit organization must own or lease the sites used for the proposed pilot program, which is an exemption to the city's ban on overnight camping in public places.

People will be able to stay at the approved sites from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

The program would expire March 31 unless the council extends it.

Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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