September storm soaks SLEEPS camps

      EUGENE, Ore. -- For most of Eugene, the time spent out in the elements isn't much of a struggle. But for the city's homeless population, the heavy wind and rains from Oregon storms can be hard.

      SLEEPS-protester JJ Bailey said the rain looks different when you don't have a guaranteed shelter to count on.

      "You can go home with heat, with a place to dry-off. You can throw a cup of coffee in the microwave, you've got electricity. You've got heaters," said Bailey.

      The National Weather Service is predicting another inch or two of rain to fall in our area. Protesters at Broadway and Hilyard St. said it's going to be a long, wet week ahead.

      "Your sleeping bag gets wet. One of the brothers was just like 'I'm sitting in here soaking wet'. His stuff inside was wet because he wasn't tarped well enough," Bailey said.

      William Wise, director of First Place Family Center, said the Egan Warming Centers are the only emergency shelters open a few nights per year.