City Gives Opportunity Village Extension

opportunity village.jpgEUGENE, Ore. — Opportunity Village won’t be shut down at the end of this month.

On Wednesday, the Eugene City Council approved an extension to keep it open for another year and a half.

Originally the city agreed with Opportunity Village to run this low-cost micro-housing development for the homeless until October 1 of this year.

Right now, 33 people live in different units, either a bungalow or a conestoga hut.

Opportunity Village says it’s a transitional facility to help the homeless get back on their feet and has helped 58 people so far.

“It’s my guess that if those 58 people were out camping and homeless, truly homeless, didn’t even have this place to stay, there would have been many, many, many, many, many more police visits. And that’s a huge cost to the city,” said George Brown, Eugene City Councilor.

So far 23 residents have left the village. Twelve have transitioned into alternative housing. Nine found permanent housing.

Multiple councilors expressed concern Wednesday about the region’s long-term plan to end homelessness. They say they want to create some sort of plan with neighboring jurisdictions to work together.

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