Eugene homeless program affects local businesses


FOOD for Lane County’s program manager insists the eatery’s guests conduct themselves well, but some downtown Eugene business owners have complaints.

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FOOD for Lane County’s program manager insists the eatery’s guests conduct themselves well, but some downtown Eugene business owners have complaints about the free meal site for homeless people.

“It has had a significant impact on our store,” said Scott Siegmund, owner of Gardner Floor Covering along Lincoln Street, just around the corner from The Dining Room.

The hospitality that attracts homeless people and transients to The Dining Room also draws some of them to the sidewalks in front of his store, Siegmund said.

“(This town) has a reputation amongst the travelers across the country,” he said. “It’s basically diplomatic immunity in Eugene. You can do whatever you want.”

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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