Much as the election of Donald Trump sanctioned and encouraged hatred and violence toward immigrants on the national scale, the formation of the business-owners group Eugene Wake Up (which announces in its meeting notices that its meetings are closed to the public and the media) may be legitimizing and encouraging hatred of our unhoused neighbors. Here is one possible response.
Feel free to adapt and use whenever you encounter this. I am the Lane County liaison for Home Share Oregon, but other causes to promote could include volunteering with the monthly Share Fair or becoming involved with Carry It Forward or another nonprofit you have personal experience with.
This thread is just terrible, full of lies and misstatements. Please put it out of its misery by not responding anymore. The OP is a troll; they just want to spread their misinformed views, which sow even more hatred and disdain for those struggling in our community. This thread caters to the worst impulses in people.
Lets be better than this, Eugene. Sign up for the Home Share Oregon e-newsletter at www.homeshareoregon.org to stay apprised of the progress of this promising program to *prevent* future homelessness by helping people find simple lodging they can afford, and by helping homeowners get extra income to help pay their mortgage. It aims to launch this spring.
If this thread continues, I would suggest that everyone post something positive to do, or that they already did recently, to help another person.
OR post the actual life story of a homeless person in Eugene, so folks can start understanding that these are our neighbors.
Here is a great start, a masterful compilation of photographs and stories of a wide array of our unhoused neighbors by Chris Pietsch, published in the Register-Guard last summer. https://www.registerguard.com/news/20190804/lane-countys-unhoused-face-challenges-in-finding-place-to-call-home