Construction is underway in West Eugene on an affordable housing complex for people with criminal histories. Officials celebrated with a groundbreaking Friday.
The 10-million dollar project is a partnership between the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County and Sponsors. Sponsors already provides short term housing and re-entry services to people who’ve been in prison. Executive Director Paul Solomon says this is permanent housing.
Solomon: “This project will be for people who’ve completed transitional housing who are stable, who are able to self-finance their own rents but for a variety of reasons can’t get into decent housing, primarily because of their criminal history.”
Solomon says a citizen’s advisory committee was formed to address concerns about the project from nearby residents. The complex is expected to be complete early in 2017.