ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- City Manager Lance Colley plans to tell the Roseburg City Council next week that area homeless shelters have beds available for those who need them.
The Roseburg News-Review reports that Colley will present findings Monday that he compiled after being told by council to meet with an Occupy Roseburg member who wants the city to designate a place where the homeless can camp legally.
Colley says nearly half of the 78 beds available at the Roseburg Rescue Mission for men are empty each night, while to up to 30 of the 50 beds at the Samaritan Inn for women go unused.
Jeri Benedetto of Occupy Roseburg says private groups restrict who can stay and have aspects, like religion, that deter some people from staying.
She wants the city to designate a campsite that's within walking distance of services and has portable restrooms.