Opportunity Village

Rachael McDonald

Almost 4 years ago, Opportunity Village was established in Eugene. It’s a community of tiny houses for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The idea is to give people safe shelter as they transition to permanent housing. But there’s not enough affordable housing to serve the need, so a new village is in the works. 

Progress has been made in recent years in decreasing homelessness, especially among veterans. But the spiraling cost of housing still leaves many people with few affordable options.

Now, inspired by the success of similar projects in the Pacific Northwest, a group in Medford is  building a tiny-house village that offers hope of breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. 

Opportunity Village

Tiny houses are recognized as a viable solution to the housing crisis in Oregon. Veneta is the latest community to help get people into homes they can afford.

Kyra Buckley

The Eugene City Council Wednesday approved a resolution to declare the urgency of the housing and homelessness crisis and ask Governor Kate Brown to help.

Paula Goodbar

Homelessness continues to be a problem in Lane County. Saturday, residents can hear stories and solutions from homeless individuals in a locally produced documentary titled, "The Dignity Project – Hear Our Stories." Paula Goodbar helped produce the movie. She got the idea from a camper she talked to at one of Eugene's homeless camps.

Goodbar: "And he said that they felt like their dignity had been stripped from them as people would drive by the camps and yell, 'get a job you bum.'  So the moment gave me goose bumps, so I know I needed to help get those stories out there.

Pearl Wolfe

On January 28th, advocates and volunteers from 28 agencies conducted the annual homeless count in Lane County. They hit the streets and parks, looked under bridges, and checked in with shelters and churches. Lane County Human Services released the numbers Tuesday.

At one point in time, 1,473 un-housed people were counted. These are the “literally homeless” who stay in emergency transitional shelters or locations not meant for habitation-- like cars or doorways.

Embracing Opportunity: The Story of Johnny 'Awesome'

Apr 2, 2015
Joshua Gurnick

EUGENE, Ore. -- Any given Saturday, Jonathan Elsworth can be found in front of the Lane County courthouse in Eugene, drumming and dancing in a community drum circle. Saturday Market goers gather around to take in the sights and sounds of the eclectic group. This is a passion for Elsworth, providing him with an escape from the challenges of daily life.

Tiffany Eckert

In 2013, nearly 2 thousand people in Lane County didn't have a place to sleep at night.

sworegonarchitect

With Oregon temperatures getting colder, efforts to find havens  for  Eugene's homeless are heating up.  KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke with Community Alliance of Lane County's Michael Carrigan Tuesday.  He asked Carrigan about the role CALC, Nightingale Sanctuary and others are playing to help secure safe places to sleep this winter for a few dozen of the estimated 1700 County people on the streets:

The Eugene City Council this week heard from Carrigan and the Raging Grannies, a social activism group.  They urged the city to lift the ban on homeless camping in City parks. 

Mobile Tool Shop Designed To Help Homeless

Sep 12, 2014
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Students at the University of Oregon and volunteers with Opportunity Village are unveiling a new mobile workspace Saturday (today). This weekend, it will be parked at the transitional housing community to allow residents to maintain dwellings and fix bicycles.

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