An advocate for the homeless acknowledged Wednesday that the city of Roseburg isn’t likely to approve a homeless camp at Willis Park, though she said she’s happy the proposal grabbed attention. Jeri Benedetto of Occupy Roseburg floated the idea after the city decided to sell the park along with the 139-year-old Willis House, the former City Hall, in the 700 block of Southeast Rose Street. Even before then, Mayor Larry Rich and some councilors criticized Occupy Roseburg’s proposal to establish a downtown homeless camp. Downtown merchant Renee Clavell last week started circulating a petition opposing a camp anywhere. Benedetto said …
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