- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Eugene authorities have fenced an illegal homeless camp on city land, but haven’t given people inside a deadline to leave.

Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says the plan for clearing the site doesn’t include confrontations or arrests.

The Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/KWZkIF) reports 40 to 50 people have been living for four months at the downtown tent camp they call “Whoville.”

McLaughlin says people will be allowed to come and go for a while until fence openings are closed. The fence went up Friday.

Mayor Kitty Piercy (PEER’-see) is considering appeals from homeless advocates and agrees not all the campers have someplace they could go to.

Homeless advocates want a camp on city land. The city has set up two pilot projects, a “rest area” and a village of small structures.

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