Housing Project Will Give Permanent Homes To People Who've Been In Prison

Jun 17, 2016

Construction is underway in West Eugene on an affordable housing complex for people with criminal histories. Officials celebrated with a groundbreaking Friday.

Officials break ground on the Sponsors housing project in West Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

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.