The Times-Standard reported that the City of Eureka is eyeing four potential sites for having a legal homeless camp within the City. 2 of the sites are located right near or in Old Town, and one of the sites is located near the Bayshore Mall.
In our opinion, the far superior site, and one which had been the top contender in the past for former Chief Garr Nielsen, is located near the sewage treatment plant and Fire Training center on Hilfiker lane. There are very few businesses or residences nearby, and the foot traffic in the area is already pretty minimal.
To have or not to have a homeless camp in Humboldt County has long been debated on this blog. Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen added his voice to those calling for a camp at a meeting of the Human Rights Commission, according to the Times-Standard.
”My preference would be for the city and the community to designate a specific area that we recognize as OK (for homeless camping),” Nielsen told the dozen or so people in attendance, adding that the site would have to be complete with trash cans and bathrooms. “I think it would be much safer, much more sanitary and much easier to deal with.”
Even though it’s been a long time coming, sometimes it’s better late than never. Let’s hope this Council will choose wisely and that this is a step in the right direction for Eureka.