A safe place to park and “camp”

Bolan Meek, a volunteer at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, points to an area in the back of the church where overnight parking for campers will be allowed. [Daily Tidings / Jamie Lusch]

Three parking spaces sit empty but numbered and ready for so called “car campers” behind the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church at 87 Fourth St., Ashland, Oregon. They are next to a small vegetable garden and a locked portable toilet. These spaces are for people who live in their cars and need a safe and welcoming place to park, sleep and function without getting a citation under the city’s ban on “camping.”

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