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Lighten Up 4-3-2013

Eugene City Councilor Chris Pryor claims that for purposes of city aid there are the people homeless by circumstances and people homeless by choice. The first group deserves some city help, as long as it costs no money. The second group does not deserve the time of day, and as the theory goes, they are not technically homeless. Its members have chosen to sleep in doorways and under bridges in rain and snow — presumably, for the hell of it. If these urban campers are that way by choice (a premise many homeless experts call an urban legend), it follows that they have purposely rejected the conveniences of living in a home. What’s the risk then that these urban campers will now want to take advantage of any aid that tries to give the legitimate homeless some of the conveniences of living in a home?