Advocates for the homeless are proposing designated campsites and micro houses in Tucson, based on successful pilot programs in Eugene, Oregon. That city allows legal campsites on city, county, or private property, where up to 20 people can live in tents or small huts on top of a wooden platform.
City leaders in Tucson recently formed a work group to study ways to help the homeless get into stable transitional housing. Ward 5 City Council Member Richard Fimbres is leading the group.
The Tucson Urban Camping Association is proposing an area that would include 16 campsites with facilities for bathing, cooking, laundry, storage lockers, and Wi-Fi. No location or funding has been identified for the camp, which would be based on a model from Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness last year counted nearly 570 homeless people in Tucson.